Thursday, March 1, 2012

Planet Of The Apes Revisited

Another entry on the apes, this time from Starlog issue #105, published April 1986. The cover blurb read "Untold Tales of Planet Of The Apes: The sequels you didn't see - and why!" It is indeed interesting to read about some of the ideas presented for the next movie, and one wonders if some of them might have turned out better than the one that was filmed.

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Since the movie was successful enough to warrent another sequel, the producers found that they had painted themselves into a corner with the destruction of the world. Having the trio of chimps go back in time to then-present day Earth was a great idea, but it would have been better if they had anticipated another film while writing the second, and set up the third one all through it. It would have been great seeing the efforts of Milo, Cornelius and Zira as they try to retrieve and repair the original ship, and the tension of their escape as the world is about to end. Just my way of thinking, and it would have made people even more excited for the next movie when the start of it was teased after the ape planet was blown up; and made the ending less depressing.


  1. Love this post and this site. Thanks!

  2. Jay,
    Thanks for visiting and commenting! Hope you enjoy it for a long time.

  3. I used to buy Starlog all the time and always wondered why they never did any articles on the "Planet ofthe Apes" films. I guess I never saw this issue! :) Do you know if they did other articles on the other films in the series? Love the site and your Trek Scrapbook too!