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?
Reader Feedback - 26 Comments
Yes Yes yEs!! Huge fan! Please please!! HELL YA man!! i love yuou
Max Russian on Oct 31, 2008
Hell no. I love all the original movies, but we saw what happened when you put a big budget and a big producer behind a remake with what I consider to be Tim Burton's worst movie. Yes, even worse than Frankenweenie.
Dan Mace on Oct 31, 2008
Hell YES, Fox!! Bring back the APES!!
Alex Ruiz on Oct 31, 2008
Well, is there any different from Conquest? I don't see a good reason to make this. The original was good enough.
The Fly on Oct 31, 2008
I haven't seen Conquest, but I have to say, an ape beginning to speak creeps my shit out more than ape-like people walking around with spears and guns and wearing clothes. I can see it having a slow, building beginning rather than springing his speech on us all at once. Then I could see the movie ending with all the apes in all the zoos all over the world busting out and beating people to death. That would be cool. All of them trying to replicate speech and sounding really bizarre. That would be odder than shit on a platter.
JL on Oct 31, 2008
Conquest was the best of em in my opinion when they uprised and learned how to use guns and shit was awesome. A modern version would be a better action/thriller than anything else.
Cody on Oct 31, 2008
the original film was one f the greatest sci-fi films ever, with one of the greatest trick endings ever. it should never be remade, and I don't see why these others should be either. what's left to tell, and how will it not end up lame and derivative? Find some new ideas, Hollywood.
scm1000 on Oct 31, 2008
MacDonald: Caesar! Caesar! This is not how it was to be! Caesar: In your view or mine? MacDonald: Violence prolongs hate, hate prolongs violence. By what right are you spilling blood?! Caesar: By the slave's right to punish his persecutor. MacDonald: Caesar. I, a decedent of slaves, am asking you to show humanity! Caesar: But I was not born human. MacDonald: I know. The child of the evolved apes. Caesar: Whose children shall rule the Earth. MacDonald: For better or for worse?! Caesar: Do you think it could be worse? MacDonald: Do you think this riot will win freedom for all your kind? By tomorrow- Caesar: By tomorrow it will be too late!! Why a tiny, mindless insect like the emperor moth can communicate with another over a distance of 80 miles... MacDonald: An emperor ape might do slightly better? Caesar: Slightly?! What you have seen here today, apes on the 5 continents will be imitating tomorrow! MacDonald: With knives against guns?! With kerosene cans against flamethrowers?! Caesar: Where there is fire, there is smoke. And in that smoke, from this day forward, my people will crouch and conspire and plot and plan for the inevitable day of Man's downfall - the day when he finally and self-destructively turns his weapons against his own kind. The day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie buried under radioactive rubble! When the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland out of which I will lead my people from their captivity! And we shall build our own cities in which there will be no place for humans except to serve our ends! And we shall found our own armies! Our own religion! Our own dynasty! And that day is upon you...NOW!!! This is my favorite part of the entire Apes series. I really want to get my hands on the director's cut to hear the rest of the speech and see the humans get pummeled at the will of Caesar. They stopped the vengeful speech at this point and had him do a 180 (dubbed over low quality zoom ins on his eyes so you won't see his out of sync mouth) and spare the humans and talk about being nice or something - I never pay attention to it. Test audiences didn't like the original. If they remade the movie and it actually followed the same story then it would be awesome. But we've already seen how they went about remaking the original movie. I think they should just do new movies altogether to add to the existing ones.
Viper on Nov 1, 2008
Movies about apes are fucking great, always are. You can't make a bad movie with a god damn primate in it, it's fucking impossible, so long as we got some apes and/or monkies, it's gonna be a fucking TIGHT movie! Studies show that people love monkies, why? because they're so damned adorable! even when they're giving dustin hoffman diseases!
Kail on Nov 1, 2008
I thought Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes was actually ok. Why not make another movie, hell it might even be good.
Mustang07 on Nov 1, 2008
Tim Burtons movie sucked!!!!!! all i have to say. This movie could be decent if done right.
Mase28 on Nov 1, 2008
Tim Burton's movie was great, I would love to get a sequel to that one. Explain all that happened at the end etc.
Guy on Nov 1, 2008
Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes: "Get your hands off me, you damn dirty ape!" Mark Wahlberg in Planet of the Apes: "Say Hi to your mother for me."
avoidz on Nov 1, 2008
* Actually: "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"
avoidz on Nov 1, 2008
So what can we expect from Rick Jaffa (EYE FOR AN EYE, THE RELIC) and Amanda Silver (THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, EYE FOR AN EYE, THE RELIC). If past performance is any indicator, the script will start off with a very cool concept then swiftly crash and burn into a mire of tropes, ridiculous gaffs, scenes forecast from a mile away and, just to throw a few surprises and twists, the movie will betray its own logic. Oh, and though this is "Science Fiction", science will be thrown out the window at the first opportunity for pixie-dust fantasy. So yeah, bring it on. You can make it, but you can't make me watch it. Maybe the sequel after this one will be a Scifi Channel Special and go direct to DVD. Then Fox can have their 3 DVD package of crap! What? You detect that I'm still cheesed off about the POTA TV b.m. and the Tim Burton bum-wipe? Frack Off!
Feo Amante on Nov 2, 2008
I actually prefer 'Say hi to your mother for me.'
JL on Nov 2, 2008
you damn dirty ape.
JL on Nov 2, 2008
CHUD didn't break this news. ProdductionWeekly.com reported it back in August--it's just that people didn't pick up the news until CHUD ran their report this week.
Borgia on Nov 2, 2008
Haha, sounds cool, but they should take a cue from THE SIMPSONS PLANET OF THE APES-THE MUSICAL!
Ryan on Nov 3, 2008
Note to Viper: The 'original' ending didn't include a more hateful speech, or more graphic violence -- the original ending pretty much stopped with the end of the spectacular speech you duplicated in your note. The film faded out after Caesar's speech, with apes howling in the background, the fires raging, and mankind defeated and lost. The studio tacked on that ridiculous "Now it's time to put down our weapons, etc etc etc blah blah blah" with the repeated close-ups on MacDowall's eyes, toning the 'end of man' harshness down quite a bit in order to provide a more upbeat ("American") ending. Sorry to disappoint you, but if you just stop the movie right after Caesar's victory speech, that's about as close to the original ending as we're going to come. R
JR on Nov 7, 2008
I am a huge Apes fan and there is still a story left to be told and that is of the Law Giver. Referenced many time and often assumed to be Ceaser, but in my opinion a decendent of Ceasers and this story can be spun in two different directions, one going to the original film and one leading to the ending of the fifth film. Either way it could be a great new take on an old franchise.
Steve on Nov 30, 2008
#9 - Roddy McDowall was one helluva an actor, wasn't he? I still remember his performance in this scene when the film first came out when I was in 8th grade. Even at that young age, I couldn't believe how powerfully he could act and emote under all that ape makeup. He was one of our best and most versatile actors, who could step into just about any role demanded of him.
Brett C. on Dec 13, 2008
Oh, heck yes! I love the Planet of the Apes Series (Even the remake) and I cant wait for one.
Brent on Feb 1, 2009
I would love to see another Planet of the Apes movie. Though I did not see the originals, I felt that Tim Burton did a great job with this film! If anyone else makes a sequel or a remake, they are going to kill it. I have been waiting since 2001 to see what happens to Mark Walberg(if he comes back for the 2nd). They should have made a part 2 years ago but in a wierd way it is still fresh. I just got watching the Blu-Ray version of the 2001 film and it was phenomenal! I wish there was a part 2 to watch after seeing how that one ended. PLEAAAAAAAASSSSSEEEEEEEE make a part 2 so that we can see what happens!!!!!
Nate on Aug 22, 2009
@24 - If you haven't seen the original movies, don't even bother commenting on these movies. Go away and learn your film history first!
snickers on Aug 23, 2009
Yes!I would love to see another Apes film!I love them all and even the Tim Burton version.This franchaise started the greatest movie series of all time!we need more Apes films,and there is a HUGE following!we need to see what happened in the end
Ray Mohrmann on Feb 18, 2010
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