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Oliver Stone And Arnold Schwarzenegger Almost Rebooted Planet Of The Apes

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Planet of the ApesDawn of the Planet of the Apes opens this weekend and is easily one of my favorite movies of the summer. I could go on and on about it forever, but that’s off topic, and if you’re interested in my thoughts on the matter, you can read my review. In 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes rebooted the franchise and was better than most of us expected, but that wasn’t the first attempt to revisit the ape-dominated Earth. Most of you remember what happened when Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg tried in 2001, leaving a foul taste in our mouth that still lingers (Dawn should go a long way towards healing those old wounds), but there was one other attempt that most people don’t know about. In the 1990s Oliver Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to get a reboot off the ground. It didn’t go anywhere, but it would have been completely insane.

After Natural Born Killers dropped in 1994, producers Don Murphy and Jane Hamsher needed something new to work on, and attempted to enlist Stone in a Planet of the Apes reboot called Return of the Apes. Stone wasn’t particularly interested, and a meeting with studio execs wasn’t going well. That is, until Stone threw out this pitch: “What if time were not linear, but circular, and there was no difference between the past and the future?…And what if there were discovered cryogenically frozen Vedic Apes who held the secret numeric codes to the Bible that foretold the end of civilization?”

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Is Bold, Epic, And The Best Movie Of The Summer

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DPA_Group_Bridge_VER_C_SRGB copyIn 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes rebooted the beloved franchise in a way that made many people forget about Tim Burton’s disastrous attempt to do the same thing in 2001. Rise was far better than most of us expected it to be, but the follow up, Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of those rarest things, a sequel that not only tops its predecessor in every way, but straight up blows it out of the water. And I like Rise, quite a bit actually, but the follow up is simply that much better. This is up there with Edge of Tomorrow and Snowpiercer vying for the best movie of the summer. Epic and bold, it, in true Apes fashion, aims to examine the animal in man by looking at the more human side of the animals.

Dawn is a harrowing adventure, full of tension and intrigue that keeps you leaning forward toward the movie screen throughout the entire film. Ten years have passed since Rise, and in the wake of great ape escape a vicious virus—called the Simian Flu, though it is really a manmade strain—has ripped through the human population. While the humans have struggled to survive, tearing apart the very fabric of society, the apes have thrived in the wilderness, building a civilization of their own. In fact, neither side is even sure if the other still exists, they’ve got their own concerns.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes TV Spots Depend On Caesar And Critical Praise

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The next movie up on our summer blockbuster list, now that Michael Bay and Transformers: Age of Extinction have smashed through theaters worldwide, is Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a movie we’ve been rather excited about for quite a while. We’re now less than a week away from finally getting to see the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reboot of the beloved franchise, and 20th Century Fox has released two new TV spots to get you ready.

Dawn has already screened for a number of film critics across the country—we’re not included in that group and have to wait until later this week—and both of these short spots largely focus on the reaction by those who have seen the film. Both videos are full of quotes praising the film superimposed over the man-versus-ape action.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Celebrates The 4th Of July With JFK

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Tomorrow, as you celebrate your independence from the tyranny of King George and the British by burning meat and blowing things up, remember to be thankful that you’re not battling a vicious plague or a crew of super smart apes. Unless you are. But if that’s the case, you have more important things on your plate than dicking around on the Internet, so you probably won’t be reading this anyway. To celebrate the day, 20th Century Fox has released a special 4th of July message from their upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And if you’re still trying to decide how you feel about the sequel to the reboot, just remember how truly terrible Tim Burton’s 2001 attempt was by revisiting the horror show in the latest offering from “Honest Trailers.”

This new TV spot features and excerpt from John F. Kennedy’s famous address from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on July 4th, 1962. The juxtaposition of this well known speech over the images of apes and men massing in the streets, preparing for an inevitable, and violent, war that looms on the horizon, adds an ominous layer of tension and dread. You feel them pulling the strings tighter and tighter, and you’re waiting for them to snap and for everything to explode.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Fan Posters Are Damn Dirty Awesome

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ApesSkullThere’s definitely an art to making a truly memorable movie poster. And that’s even more true these days, when Hollywood all too often falls back on one of a handful of templates they just keep recycling over and over and over again. So far the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ official posters have mostly focused on Caesar’s scowling, war-painted mug or the striking image of him wielding an assault rifle on horseback in front of the crumbling Golden Gate Bridge. Now 20th Century Fox has premiered a new batch of fan-designed Apes posters in a variety of styles, all the better to get you ready for the ape-on-human mayhem to hit theaters next weekend.

The poster up top is easily my favorite. It was created by artist Janee Meadows and premiered over at Collider. Be sure to hit up her website to check out the rest of her stuff. She’s got some very cool stuff up, including this retro-style Elysium poster that reminds me a lot of the ones from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Planet Of The Apes Short Films Explore The Years Between The Rise And The Dawn

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Based on the state of the world in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailers, it’s clear that some time has passed between the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the opening of this summer’s sequel. You might not have realized just how much time, however — a full 10 years. During that decade, the Simian Flu has ravaged the human population, whittling our numbers down drastically and setting the stage for a world where the uplifted apes can become the dominant species of the planet. That 10-year gap is the subject of three new prequel short films that lead up to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, set during the first year of the Simian Flu outbreak, the fifth year, and the tenth, respectively.