Although I’m a big fan of Tim Burton, I have to admit that his re-envisioning of Planet of the Apes could very well be one of the worst remakes ever perpetrated on cinema. 20th Century Fox supposedly had big plans for the franchise, but after the first one was so reviled across the board, they never even bothered trying to go any further with it. I guess it’s a little bit surprising considering that the fan base is pretty huge, and would likely still show up if they could find a director to do things right (Tim Burton’s flick still grossed $360 million worldwide).
Well, it looks like there’s a chance that we could eventually be getting another Planet of the Apes movie after all. CHUD caught wind of a new Apes prequel that is being talked about at Fox by the name of Genesis: Apes. It’s a script that was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (The Relic), and is essentially a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, telling the story of Caesar, the first ape who stood up to human slavery and eventually lead a widespread revolt that resulted in the apes seizing power on Earth. Whether or not this actually has a shot at getting greenlit is still unclear, but I think it’s safe to say that Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg wouldn’t have anything to do with it. That alone might be enough to convince fans that this is a project worth pursuing. Heck, I’d love to see it happen, but from the sound of it, the script is just a little too smart and hits too close to home in these politically-charged times. Apparently people don’t want politics in their genre movies anymore, which is just a sad statement indeed.