Who knew a reboot of Planet of the Apes could work so well? 20th Century Fox did — but it took them almost 25 years to prove it.
War for the Planet of the Apes rides a wave of highly positive reviews into theaters this weekend, capping off a success story that began two films ago with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. However, the road between 1973’s Battle for the Planet of the Apes and 2011’s Rise was a rocky one full of false starts and dead ends.
If there’s a lesson to be learned here it’s that if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And then again.
Planet of the Apes was a familiar name, the type of brand recognition movie producers dream of. All Fox had to do was find a way to bring the Apes back from oblivion. It wouldn’t be easy. Here’s a look back at all the crazy winding paths they took to get here. Read more…