New PLANET OF THE APES film gets DIRECTOR
There is more news on the PLANET OF THE APES front. According to Cinemablend.com, 20th century Fox has hired writer/ director Frank Scott (The Lookout) to develop their new Planet of the Apes film, a re-imagining of the fourth movie in the original series, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. The project will go under the working title “Caesar” and focus on the primate’s ultimate uprising on a contemporary Earth in 2009. As I stated before, I’m not a fan of any new ape films as I don’t think they can really add anything that the original franchise didn’t give us.
After watching the original 1968 film starring Charlton Heston the other day during the Fox Apes marathon, I must say the film’s director, Franklin J. Schaffner, (Patton) was a tremendous talent. That movie is a perfect example of what great filmmaking is all about.
I would argue that 90% of the directors working today can’t hold a candle to Schaffner’s abilities behind the camera.
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