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Movie Series - Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes (1968) was a groundbreaking science fiction film based on Boulle's novel, and was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starred Charlton Heston. It was the vision of producer Arthur P. Jacobs, who commissioned Rod Serling to write the script, but the final version would be written by Michael Wilson. Jacobs enlisted Heston (who enlisted Schaffner) well before any production deal was made, and Heston's star status was instrumental in gaining support for the film. They gained the support of Mort Abrahams after producing a short film demo which showed that the makeups (initially created by Ben Nye, Sr., not to be confused with the design by John Chambers for the actual film) could be convincing enough to not appear funny, as most "monkey suits" up to that time had. In the English-language films, the apes are insulted when called "monkeys," but in the original book, no distinction is made because "singes" is a French word for both "apes" and "monkeys". There were four sequels to Schaffner's film, creating a pentalogy, which also deviate from the finer points of the storyline in Boulle's book: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) The 1968 film was reimagined in 2001 by Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. In 2011, a series reboot came out. Titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it focused on the character of Caesar.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_of_the_apes#Films
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1 2001 Tim Burton remake What was up with that ending?
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2 Beneath The Planet of the Apes Budget/slashed,cheap ape masks/poorman's Taylor
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3 Never Boned Still rocks.
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4 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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5 Unboned - Reboot How to reboot a franchise right
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1 I'm not familiar with the book, so I can't comment there. But the original film was cowritten by the Rod Serling, the MASTER of the twist ending. The twist worked because it took what you thought you knew about the film and turned it on its side. It made us understand why Dr. Zaius was being such a bastard-- they had just cause to fear/hate man. Burton's film just ended with a "Huh?" I guess he felt pressure to end with a twist like the original and tacked that nonsense on at the end. The problem with twist endings (as M. Night has learned) is they don't really work when the audience is expecting them to happen. Early reviews at RT for the new film are positive; I hope it really is good. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on August 2, 2011, 1:37 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 More "Apes" thoughts: I actually thought the 2001 remake was pretty good, even though I'm not particularly a fan of TIm Burton's work. For those wondering what was up with the ending, it was a nod of sorts to the original novel. In Boulle's version, the apes' planet really is a different world. The human narrator escapes, flies back to Earth, and is glad to be back even though due to the effects of time dilation thousands of years have passed since he left. The first ground crewperson that meets his ship, however, is a gorilla, which prompts the narrator to quickly take off and return to space, even though he has no idea where he's going. The story is then shown to be a message in a bottle discovered by a young ape couple on a cruise in their space yacht. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 31, 2011, 5:17 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 About what DolFan and F_F said: In the ape culture as shown in the original Planet of the Apes novel by Pierre Boulle, the gorillas were depicted as the "more-brawn-than-brains" types. While it doesn't have any effect on the odds of the upcoming movie being an instant turkey, at least the clip of the gorilla leaping into the helicopter with total disregard for what happens next is consistent with how Boulle had things in the beginning. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 31, 2011, 5:08 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Even if the hokey premise of apes getting brainy due to consuming some serum could happen, how can the filmmakers get around the actuality of apes being VASTLY outnumbered by humans for a 'takeover' to succeed? Sorry, but the 70's series was ape enough for me! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on July 25, 2011, 12:31 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I did have to wonder what the gorilla was thinking. "YEAHHHHH. I GOT THE HELICOPTER!! Yeah ha ha ha- ohhhh crap! Now what do I do?" (as helicopter quickly veer and dives off course than crashes into a McDonalds) BOOOOOOOOOM! -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on July 20, 2011, 1:04 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 My favorite part of the ad (by which I mean, the part I found the most ludicrously crappy) is when the helicopter decides to hover just close enough to the bridge for literally no reason (it's not shooting any weapons or gas at all) *just* close enough for an ape to jump into the cockpit and kill the pilot. Yeah. And I suppose after that this ape somehow knows how to fly and land the copter without crashing too (rolls eyes). -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on July 19, 2011, 5:46 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I have one other bad feeling about the reboot. Seeing the ads for it, I just got a sinking feeling that (and I hope not, to be honest) it's going to be some liberal propaganda against science or something of the sort. I hope they stay within the spirit of things, and make something that is interesting to watch, but I just got that sinking feeling, and I dunno why. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on July 17, 2011, 4:57 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Call me crazy, but I think the remake was OK. I've seen lots of crappy remakes, but this one was an exception to that rule. As for the Lincoln Memorial at the end, it was quite predictable. Despite not being horrible, I still think they should leave our classics alone. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on July 17, 2011, 1:18 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 As for the Tim Burton 're-boot'- I really was alright with that movie right up until the last 3 or 4 minutes- WHEN HE RUINED IT!!! Oh! I get it APE-raham Lincoln. HA HA HA HA HA. HA HA HA HA HA. (Not!). As for this new movie- As a fan of the PotA franchise since childhood, I'm willing to give this new effort- this re-reboot- a chance. It looks intriguing. Personally, I thought it crafty to take one of the sequels from the original set of movies and retool it into a slightly altered origin story to potentially reboot the franchise. I'll give it a chance. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on July 15, 2011, 11:23 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 Oh for the love of GOD!!! I thought at least the lame remakes of this would've been done once and for all with that crappy Mark Wahlberg effort but apparently not, now they're doing remakes OF remakes?! Not to mention the whole concept is shit anyway--apes take over the planet from men in the future, we get it already. It really should've been a one shot movie, period. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on July 14, 2011, 7:09 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Yeah, they're basically remaking Part 4, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. A rare remake of a sequel. I don't really see the point, although the original is dated. (It takes place in the fascist world in the futuristic year of 1991.) -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on July 14, 2011, 5:09 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 From what I see, they are having a movie based on how the Apes ended up taking over... please people, just let a great movie go, instead of having crappy prequels or sequels just beat it with shovels even more. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on July 13, 2011, 11:50 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 The 2001 remake was great and should have had sequels. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on April 11, 2009, 8:56 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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