Planet of the Apes remake dead?
It seems that the Planet of the Apes remake is dead, well let's say that the writer/director that was on the project is not on it any
Mind you, that might not mean it's dead, just dead with the current incarnation, if the studio are interested then they'll keep it going and pick up the story with someone else.
When we first heard of the remake, back in November 2008, which was actually a remake of the Conquest of the Planet of the Apes film, not Planet of the Apes, or the Tim Burton version from the original novel, Planet of the Apes.
The original plot for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes went something like this:
In a futuristic society where ape slavery has taken over the world, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost 20 years in hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.
When we heard that a director was assigned, we also heard something about the plot, and that was rumoured to be something like:
"The origins of how the Apes took over Earth. A hyper-intelligent chimp raised by humans incites a worldwide ape revolution and causes the downfall of mankind."
The director announced was Scott Frank, but it was only later when he revealed what his story was to be about. It would be totally divorced from the Planet of the Apes series, the apes hadn't evolved they had been genetically engineered, and there were not talking apes.
I'm not entirely convinced that the film is dead. Looking at the direction of Scott Frank's film, the studio might be felling a little scared of the idea. They've already done one Planet of the Apes away from the original series, okay, technically it was the one that was nearer the original story than any of them, but that film wasn't a success.
Imagine when the executives sat down with this remake and it read nothing like the original films, I bet they were reliving the Burton version in their minds and the panic spreading across their faces.
Perhaps what we've seen is the studio clearing out Scott Frank's remake and wanting to return to the original series. Maybe it's not dead and we'll hear of someone new taking on the task, and when they announce theirs, it will sound much more like the original Apes.