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This Is The Crazy Way Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Was Supposed To End

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Rise of the Planet of the ApesAfter Tim Burton’s less-than-stellar Planet of the Apes rehash in 2001, many fans were understandably wary when, barely a decade later, the franchise got the reboot treatment one more time. But it turns out there was no reason to be afraid, since both 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and this past summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are fantastic and we can’t wait until the next one, already scheduled to open July 29, 2016. The original ending of Rise, however, was very different, and now we’ve got a description, as well as some concept art of the proposed finale.

Spoilers lurk beyond if you haven’t seen Rise, but at this point that’s really on you. You should check it out, it’s awesome.

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Caesar Will Be A Mythic Moses Figure In The Next Planet Of The Apes Movie

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DawnApesAs skeptical as I was about the current Planet of the Apes reboot that began with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and continued this past summer with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, they more than delivered, exceeding expectations not once, but twice. Both movies were hits, but Dawn just crossed the $700 million threshold worldwide, and we already knew that there was a sequel on the way. Much of the success of this revitalized franchise rests on Andy Serkis, who plays the ape leader Caesar in a motion capture suit, yet still manages to convey an incredible range of feeling and emotion. He’ll, necessarily, be around for the next film, and director Matt Reeves, who helmed Dawn shed some light on what we can expect to see from the character in the future.

Serkis is so vital to the movies, and so good in his role, despite being covered with layers of pixels, that he’s even being pushed in the upcoming Oscar race, which would be a first. Reeves sat down with Coming Soon, and talked about Serkis, his importance to the films, and the upcoming third (depending on how you’re counting these).

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Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes Crossover Finally Makes A Monkey Out Of Kirk

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Apes1While inter-franchise crossover events might be rare when it comes to movies or television, they’re pretty common in the world of comic books. The crew of the Enterprise have been the subject of several of those crossovers over the years. And why not? They’ve been back in time, into other dimensions, and even to the center of the galaxy to find God, so why not warp into an entirely different universe now and then? We’ve seen comics team-ups between Star Trek and the X-Men, Star Trek and the Legion of Super-Heroes, even Star Trek and The Doctor. IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios are giving us one of the craziest Trek crossovers yet, and now we’ve got new details about the upcoming Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. Yeah. They pretty much had to create this series just to get that title out there.

Also, I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be an ape-ified Kirk or just an ape in a Starfleet uniform up top, but if it is Kirk can we just take a moment to appreciate him finding yet another way to rip open his shirt?

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Planet Of The Apes Concept Art Is Full Of Painted Apes

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HuntOne of the more striking images of this summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was one that dominated much of the marketing campaign: that close-up of Caesar’s mug, scowling and sporting war paint. It cut an intimidating figure, and the use of the paint was a nice, subtle way to remind audiences that the apes have come a long way in creating their own culture since first getting their intelligence jump-started in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Looking at this stunning batch of Apes concept art, it’s clear that the war paint was an element that the filmmakers responded to strongly as well.

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Comic(s) Relief: Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes Crossover Is A Thing That’s Happening

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ApesWhile the Star Trek universe has kept to itself on the movie and TV screens, things have gotten a bit more crazy when it comes to the comic books. I remember reading a Star Trek/X-Men crossover series back in the ’90s that was just…odd. More recently, the Assimilation2 mini-series saw the Next Generation crew teaming up with the Matt Smith-era Doctor to foil the plots of a nefarious Borg/Cybermen scheme. And back in 2011 things got really freaking weird during IDW’s Infestation crossover event, which roped the original Enterprise crew into an adventure with the Ghostbusters, the Transformers, and G.I. Joe. (I didn’t say it was a good adventure…) Well, things are about to get surreal once again, because IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios have just announced that the Original Series crew will be dealing with some damn dirty apes in an upcoming comics mini-series entitled Star Trek: Planet of the Apes – The Primate Directive.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes And X-Men Get Comic-Con Exclusive Blu-Ray Sets

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ApesYou know what your Blu-ray shelf is lacking? A scowling ape’s head. I feel pretty confident in declaring that, but if I’m wrong, then I congratulate you for being ahead of the scowling-ape-head curve. As for the rest of us, we’ll be able to remedy our scowling-ape-head deficit with the rather snazzy Caesar’s Warrior Collection Blu-ray set, which packs all sorts of goodies into a replica of Caesar’s intimidating mug. It’s available for pre-order this week both at Comic-Con and online, so now you folks in the midst of the San Diego chaos have a good reason to swing by the Fox Booth (#4229).

The Caesar’s Warrior Collection is a four-disc set that will include Blu-ray 3-D, Blu-ray, and Digital HD versions of both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as well as “hours of special features.” The Warrior Collection also includes four collectible character cards and a 32-page “Planet of the Apes: Building an Icon” booklet that looks at WETA’s creation of the Caesar replica. The set lists for $129, but you can pre-order it now at Fox’s Comic-Con booth or via FoxConnect for only $99. There’s no official release date yet, but the set will apparently be arriving in time for the holiday season.