Planet Of The Apes Movie Dead

Published 5 years ago by , Updated January 24th, 2013 at 8:02 am,

planet of apes Planet Of The Apes Movie DeadWay back in 2008 we ran a story telling you that 20th Century Fox were interested in making a Planet of The Apes reboot called Genesis: Apes, which was later renamed Caesar.

The project was a floor-up reboot of the Apes franchise which followed an intelligent ape named Caesar who would take the first tentative steps in helping apes rule the planet.

The film sounded like a totally radical take on one of Fox’s oldest franchises, and I was very skeptical that the film would ever make it to the big-screen.

Well it turns out that I was right- because the film is dead!

The original script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, with Minority Report writer Scott Frank later brought on to rewrite and possibly direct the film for the studio.

Frank envisioned the film as not only a prequel to the original films, but also as contemporary thriller, that like most films in the Planet of The Apes franchise has some sort of social subtext. However, the suits at Fox have nixed any ideas for this planned reboot because they saw it as too dark and too expensive.

At the moment, Fox is a studio that seems to be towing the commercial line, and because of this their catalog of quality films seems to be diminishing. Sure, they made Avatar and have had a multitude of hits, but they’ve produced very little quality franchise material over the last decade or so. Few of these films will have any meaning in the future.

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In a way, I see this as a mirror to what has happened in the music industry: major record labels went for the quick buck by releasing substandard music by artists with no staying power. Those artists will not have catalog sales in 30, 20, 10 or even five years. Now think of the repacking of artists such as Elvis, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. MGM is such an important commodity at the minute because of its library of films – Fox has classics in the bank, but it has few modern classics!

Now, I haven’t read the script for Caesar, nor do I know much about the film or the direction that the project took. Frank’s plans could have been too radical, and more akin to a low-budget art project to actually reach a mass audience, or it could have been really bad. I don’t know, but to totally kill the project is a shame.

I feel that studios should take risks. Sometimes they pay off, and sometimes they don’t. However, following the huge grosses of Avatar, it’s not as if Fox is hurting for a buck at the moment. Fox is, after all, the studio that produced and released Fight Club a little over a decade ago, and while that film wasn’t a huge success on its release, it has had staying power and numerous DVD releases that were good for the bottom line.

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Almost 20 years ago James Cameron circled the Planet of The Apes franchise, with Arnold Schwarzenegger in mind for the Charlton Heston role. It would be wonderful if he revisited the project once Schwarzenegger leaves public office. However, I find this doubtful; Avatar has some elements that are too similar to the original Apes film to make it worth Cameron’s while.

Time will tell if 20th Century Fox reboot the franchise. They will at some point, but I don’t think that it will be anytime soon.

After all, the memories of Tim Burton’s “Ape-raham Lincoln” are still too fresh in our minds.

Source: CHUD

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  1. I for one am deeply dissappointed. Conquest was my favorite Apes sequel and I was psyched when I heard of the possible remake. I can only hope Fox hasn’t completely done away with the idea.

  2. Thank god.

  3. hiphip hooray hiphip hooray
    i wish every remake a painful death
    i want new stories god damn it!

  4. i cant belive this. the ape remake made a bucket load of money dispite not being very good. i guess id b fine wating a few more years for a good PotA movie. BoBD i just watched conquest a few days ago agian.

  5. if that bad remake wasnt made james cameron might come on board but i dont think he would want to do the same story for a third time. i really hope he or some one good decides to do it.

  6. I think Planet of the Apes would make a great tv mini-series (assuming all the subtext/social commentary remained intact).

  7. This thing actually sounded cool. It’s a shame it didn’t work out.

  8. You mean we would’ve had a movie about Schwarzenegger fighting giant gorillas? How was that shizzle NOT green lit?

  9. Hollywood must be in a creativity void.
    No original ideas and very little substance to get me to go to the theaters anymore.
    I am really starting to get into some of the foreign films. Russia and France have more creativity and originality in 1 B movie than all of hollywood puts out in a year.

  10. i wish the series wasn’t dead, hopefully they have some hope for the franchise because the only apes movie i didn’t really like was burton’s.

  11. Thank God is right. Beneath The Planet Of The Apes is still one of the best sequels ever.

    @Aaron Ali, It already was a series. It lasted one season (14 episodes). I remember watching it. It was terrible even though it had Roddy McDowall in it.

  12. Well you can leave it dead for another 20 years or give the characters a new quest. Put a mystery back into the story. It’s one of the things that made the original good.

  13. @ JessSayin, yeah I remember that show lol, I always wondered how Starsky and Hutch ended up in the future ;-)

    I still think it has potential as a large-scope mini-series though, ie if Fox worked together with the Sci Fi channel (or is that SyFy?)

  14. I like the idea.