Rumor: Fox Has Another Planet of the Apes Movie?!
Those damn dirty apes may finally be back again. An interesting rumor of sorts showed up today on CHUD stating that Fox is developing another Planet of the Apes movie. However, it's not a sequel to Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes from 2001, but more of a prequel instead, titled Genesis: Apes. Apparently it's essentially a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, a 1972 film that tells the story of Caesar, the first ape with speech who eventually started the uprising of the apes. This Genesis: Apes script has been floating around inside of Fox but hasn't been given a greenlight just yet, although it sounds pretty damn cool.
The story in Genesis: Apes follows Caesar, a genetic mishap with the ability to speak, as he grows up and is eventually thrown into custody, finding himself tortured by humans even though he is as smart and as capable as them. So in turn he violently tries to overthrow human society, which is what Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is essentially all about. The script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (of The Relic previously) and sounds like a very dark and very bold concept that I imagine Fox is actually somewhat scared of producing, which is why this hasn't had any real forward momentum yet.
Not being a Planet of the Apes fan myself, I'm not sure I'm interested in seeing anything from the franchise ever again, but I'll remain open to any fresh, new concepts. Maybe in the right hands, Genesis: Apes could actually turn out pretty awesome. Though I tihnk it's important to ask yourself these questions: Are you a fan of Planet of the Apes? Do you know anyone that is? I think the answers should tell you whether or not this is a good idea. Does anyone else want to see another Planet of the Apes?