On April 3, 1968, two all-time greats of the science fiction genre, Planet of the Apes and 2001: A Space Odyssey, hit U.S. theaters. Both films are classics in which astronaut missions go awry, but there are other linking threads. In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the famous “Dawn of Man” sequence shows the beginning of human history, with intelligence alighting within some of our ape-like ancestors, teaching them how to wield bones as weapons. In Planet of the Apes, it’s the end of history we see: humankind has nuked itself into near extinction and the world has come full circle to where it is now overrun by primates again.
In addition, both movies honor the genre tradition of using the future as commentary on social concerns of their day, with a major linking thread being the principle of evolution. Let’s discuss these two seminal films, their legacy, and how they align and differ in their views of humankind, its place in history, and its place in the cosmos.
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Even though Easter may be over a week away, you can still have some fun hunting for Easter eggs thanks to the latest exhibition from Hero Complex Gallery.
A new show, aptly called Easter Eggs, brings together artists Ape Meets Girl (aka Kevin M. Wilson) and Vance Kelly for a little gallery featuring pieces that showcase a cavalcade or inside references to some of your favorite movies and TV shows. We exclusively debuted a couple pieces from this show earlier in the week, but now all of the pieces from the Hero Complex Gallery Easter Eggs art show are available online, including prints for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Reservoir Dogs, Tombstone, The Crow, Planet of the Apes and more. Read More »
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Game Night writer already has sequel ideas
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw didn’t know The Cloverfield Paradox was going to drop on Netflix
- J.J. Abrams explains the Cloverfield Paradox ending
- The Purge TV series casts its leads
- A Planet of the Apes VR game gets a trailer
- Wreck-It-Ralph 2 directors discuss their sequel
- Frozen 2 director dances around the issue of Elsa having a girlfriend
- Bruce Campbell says another Evil Dead movie is possible
- Bruce Willis wakes up from a nap to remind us Die Hard 6 is still happening
- World War Z 2 filming pushed back so Brad Pitt can film Quentin Tarantino‘s new movie
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Over the past decade we’ve been lucky enough to experience one of the best sci-fi trilogies in recent memory in the form of the Planet of the Apes prequel franchise that began with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, continued with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and recently concluded (at least for the time being) with War for the Planet of the Apes. But there is one old Planet of the Apes story that we’ve yet to see.
Before Planet of the Apes hit the big screen in 1968, it was first a script written by The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling that adapted Pierre Boulle’s novel. Instead of being set in a more primitive village, the original story would have unfolded in a modern city filled with apes in a sort of satire of contemporary life. It didn’t move forward in this form because it would have been too expensive, but soon we’ll be able to see the Rod Serling Planet of the Apes script in comic book form. Read More »
If you’re lucky, you can still catch War for the Planet of the Apes in theaters right now. But if you happened to miss the conclusion to the Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy, or you just can’t wait to watch it again, you won’t have to wait long to make it part of your collection.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced War for the Planet of the Apes will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital download in October. Read below for details on the release, including all the special features coming with the movie. Read More »
While ideas of more Planet of the Apes movies are still floating around the studio lot over at 20th Century Fox, a sequel to (or spin-off of) this summer’s spectacular War for the Planet of the Apes has not officially been given a green light yet. But fans of that world will have the opportunity to dive back into it with a new video game that comes out this year.
Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is set between the inexplicably-titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War, which are the two most recent films in the franchise. And here’s some more good news: Andy Serkis, who plays the ape leader Caesar in the new film trilogy, is involved in the game.
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It’s the ape-mazing crossover you never knew you wanted (yes that was terrible, I’m sorry): King Kong and Planet of the Apes are colliding in a comic book miniseries from BOOM! Studios.
The miniseries, titled Kong on the Planet of the Apes, takes place in the timeline of the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movies, and will run for six issues.
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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: the titles of the Planet of the Apes movies are in the wrong order and it’s. Driving. Us. Crazy.)
The Planet of the Apes reboot franchise is many things — stunning technological achievements, emotionally resonant storytelling, and testaments to genre filmmaking. But one thing they just can’t get right are the dang titles.
A title serves as people’s first impression of a movie and presents the general themes of what that film will be about. But when the titles don’t match with the content of the movie, people aren’t going to remember what the hell it was about. As for the Planet of the Apes films, as accomplished and incredible as they are, I cannot for the life of me remember what order they are supposed to be in.
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When news of a Planet of the Apes prequel franchise was first announced, plenty of people were skeptical, especially those who loved the classic film franchise that began in 1968 and spawned four sequels, a live-action TV series and an animated TV series. The 2001 remake directed by Tim Burton had already soured audiences all over the world. But 10 years later, we were all pleasantly surprised by Rise of the Planet of the Apes from director Rupert Wyatt, and even more enamored and impressed by the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, from filmmaker Matt Reeves in 2014.
Now, Reeves has returned behind the camera for War for the Planet of the Apes, a film that is not only one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade, but the concluding chapter in what will be regarded as one of the all-time greatest film trilogies. Read More »
Back in the ’90s, my dad would take me on a frequent trip to Blockbuster Video (may it rest in peace). There, I became educated on one of his favorite franchises franchises, Planet of the Apes, which in turn became one of my favorite film franchises. Over the years of watching and rewatching these classic movies, certain scenes stand out above the others, the moments that help define my love of the entire Apes series.
And with War for the Planet of the Apes arriving this week, this is a great opportunity to talk about them. From the scenes that helped make the series the success it is today to the more recent highlights, let’s take a look the best of the best, and maybe you’ll get why moviegoers have always gone “ape” for these movies (I’m so sorry).
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