Fox Talks About ‘Genesis: Ape’
We told you a month back that 20th Century Fox has been quietly developing a remake to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Today, CHUD reports that the project, dubbed Genesis: Ape, may have some impetus to movce towards the head of the production line.
Fox President Tom Rothman told audiences watching the original five Apes movies on Fox Movie Channel over the weekend, “We are very close at Fox on a new Apes script — this one a kind of prequel story before the first story, with a return to the social thematics that mark the first one, but with an entirely contemporary setting – Earth 2009.:”
Genesis: Ape has been written by the team of Rick Jaffa (The Relic) and Amanda Silver (Eye for an Eye).
CHUD writes, “In this version Caesar is the result of a genetic scientist fooling around with the nature of things. When the baby monkey exhibits intelligence and the ability to talk, he takes the cuddly thing home to his wife, who is unable to bear children. Things go surprisingly well for a number of years until Caesar grows up and sees mommy getting attacked. The dutiful son steps in and accidentally kills the attacker.
“Here’s where it takes off. In a scene paralleling Charlton Heston in the cage in the original Planet of the Apes, Caesar ends up in custody at an Ape Conservatory where he and the other apes are abused mercilessly. Caesar finds himself a primate without a world – he’s as smart as humans but will never be one of them (and is in fact tortured by them) and he’s initially rejected by his monkey brethren.”