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One of the oldest and most complete Planet of the Ape sites on the Net. Your source for everything you want to know about the Apes – from the movies and TV series to the comics and books.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Bananas

This site is essentially retired and remains posted for the time being largely for archive purposes. It was founded in 1996 when the Internet was young and fan sites were a brand new thing. We weren’t the first Apes site on the web, but for a long time we were the #1 stop for all things PotA.

When we began, or mission was simple: to do whatever we could to keep Apes fandom alive. And I’m happy to say that we played a small part in doing just that. We always knew that if Fox would just get behind this franchise and do it right, PotA could be hugely popular again. And boy did they ever do it right! The Dawn/Rise/War trilogy is far better than anything we ever dreamed possible. Our only hope now is that one day there will be even more!

Thanks for visiting!

Recent Updates:

Planet of the Apes Celebrates 50 Years!
Posted: January 24, 2018
This news is SO BIG, it called for an actual update! 20th Century Fox is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Planet of the Apes! Visit for all the latest information of the year-long event.

And the best part is, Fox has teamed with the USC School of Cinematic Arts for a special exhibit, 50 Years of Planet of the Apes. In addition to "vast collection of props, costumes, photos, posters and artwork from across all iterations of the longstanding franchise," they are also hosting special screenings of the films and panel discussions. The exhibit runs from Friday, January 26th - Sunday, May 13th, 2018.

This. Means. War!
Posted: May 16, 2017
Watch the final trailer:

First Photos from the Set!
Posted: April 12, 2013
Movieweb presents the very first photos from the set in Vancouver, before the crew moves down South to New Orleans (and great food).

Apes Casting! Jason Clark to Star in Dawn of the Apes
Posted: February 19, 2013
Things are finally heating up on the sequel! Collider reports that Jason Clark (Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless) will star in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and that the film will take place fifteen years after Rise.

UPDATE (2/22): Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) has also been added to the cast.

UPDATE (2/28): The Awesomeness quotient has just increased greatly! Gary Oldman has now joined the cast, too, as the leader of the human colony (that makes two people from Lawless.

UPDATE (3/6): Keri Russell has now joined the cast, too, as yet another human. First The Americans, and now this. Ms. Russell is on a roll these days.

UPDATE (3/28): We finally get an ape! Judy Greer has been cast as Caesar’s mate, Cornelia (get it?).

Rupert Wyatt On Why He Stepped Down
Posted: February 15, 2013
In an exclusive interview with WhatCulture, Rupert Wyatt explains why he stepped down as director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

James Franco Not in Dawn of the Apes Either?
Posted: December 17, 2012
In a brief interview with MTV, James Franco explained that he likely would not appear in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Teaser Poster for Dawn of the Apes Released?
Posted: December 15, 2012
IGN offers a glimpse. Update: It’s not the real deal, but it’s still pretty cool.

L.A. Times Review of Argo
Posted: October 11, 2012
In Ben Affleck’s latest film, based on the incredible (and recently declassified true story), John Goodman portrays Oscar-winning Planet of the Apes make-up artist John Chambers. Read the L.A. Times review.

Watch the trailer:

It’s Official: Matt Reeves is Directing Dawn
Posted: October 1, 2012
In an exclusive, Deadline reports that Matt Reeves has officially signed on to direct Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

Rupert Wyatt No Longer Directing Dawn of the Apes?
Posted: September 17, 2012
In a major shocker, Deadline reports that Rupert Wyatt is stepping down as director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Screenwriter Rick Jaffa tells Total Film (via that there won’t be any time travel in Dawn, either.

And if you ever get confused about all the time travel in the original series, IGN has provided a very handy info-graphic.

UPDATE (9/25): Deadline reports that Fox has already come up with a short list of replacement directors, with Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) at the top.

Rise Sequel Gets a Title and Release Date
Posted: June 1, 2012
Total Film reports that the follow-up to the apes’ origin story will be called Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and will be released in the US on Memorial Day, 23 May 2014.

Rise of the Apes Sequel a Go
Posted: April 26, 2012 reports, courtesy of CinemaCon, that Rise of the Planet of the Apes has offically launched a new franchise!

No Love for the Tim Burton Remake
Posted: March 14, 2012
io9 ranks the Tim Burton Planet of the Apes remake at #1 on their list of the 10 Worst Science Fiction Movie Remakes of All Time.

Mondo Releases Classic Apes Poster Series
Posted: January 25, 2012
/Film reports that Mondo has partnered with Sideshow Collectibles and a handful of notable poster artists to produce a set of posters for the Planet of the Apes films. There are five prints in the series, one for each of the primary classic films.

Exclusive Interview with Rise Screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver!
Posted: August 16, 2011
The Forbidden Zone was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Rise of the Planet of the Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. We talked to them just a few days after the movie opened at number one at the box office, exceeding expectations and getting great reviews.

We also have a brief video interview, courtesy of Hulu.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is Number #1 at the box office for the second week in a row!

Cult Box in the UK is giving away 10 Rise of the PotA T-shirts. Contest ends soon!

And finally, the AV Club ranks Escape at #4 on their list of 17 film franchises that took strange left turns.

Nods and Fan Reactions
Posted: August 11, 2011
Catch any of the Easter Eggs to the original series in Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Believe it or not, there’s 21 altogether. The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex site has the complete list. has a video of fan reactions from the first midnight showing.

Reviews and Wyatt Interview
Posted: August 4, 2011
Just one more day until Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits the screens here in North America, and the positive reviews are starting to come in.

Episode #28 of the Damn Good Movie Show podcast has an exclusive interview with Rise director Rupert Wyatt.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Premieres in Hollywood
Posted: July 28, 2011
James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis, and Tom Felton (and even Felton’s Harry Potter co-star, Rupert Grint) hit the red carpet in Hollywood last night at the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for the world premiere of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Naturally, there’s lots of news coverage from the event: MTV News, LA Times, CBS News, and USA Today, which offers a replay of the live stream of the event.

Finally, the first review has appeared online at To See? Or Not To See?

New Apes Prequel Comic – Free Online!
Posted: July 13, 2011
BOOM! Studios is posting a free Rise of the Planet of the Apes online prequel comic, by Daryl Gregory, Damian Couceiro, and Tony Parker, to set up events in the up-coming movie. New updates are added each week.

Our friends at Hasslein Books present an exclusive interview with author Daryl Gregory, where he discusses BOOM! Studios’ plans for their Apes comics.

New UK Trailer!
Posted: June 22, 2011
The Sun has posted the UK Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer. This is a much longer trailer than we’ve seen previously, that covers much of the plot (and is therefore spoiler-filled). Have to say, this is looking better and better.

Planet of the Apes Roundtable on The Chronic Rift Podcast
Posted: June 16, 2011
Last week I had the great pleasure of joining host John S. Drew and fellow guest Dayton Ward on The Chronic Rift Podcast for discussion of, Planet of the Apes. We covered most everything from the original films, the TV shows, why we all dislike the Tim Burton remake, and our hopes for the upcoming Conquest remake. We covered a lot of ground in one hour and could have easily talked for two.

The TV Series Episode Guide has been updated to includes the writers and director of each episode.

New Trailer!
Posted: June 3, 2011
Yahoo Movies (what, no Apple?) has posted a new, more complete Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer! This one gives a much clearer scope of the story, and shows a lot more of the apes in action. It's a great trailer, and while the apes look amazing, they still look... not quite real.

Alamo Drafthouse Recap: ‘Day of the Apes’ Event
Posted: June 1, 2011
Fandango’s Movie Blog has a nice recap of Alamo Drafthouse’s recent Planet of the Apes Marathon. Their blogger provides a few details of the event, then appraises each film and lists them in chronological order (NOT the order of release). Certainly brought back fond college memories, when some friends and I had our own Apes spur-of-the-moment marathon. We started in the evening with a room full of people, but were only down to about five when Battle finished the next morning.

The Trailer Is Here!
Posted: April 14, 2011
Apple has posted the Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer! You can also watch it right here. Those amazing four seconds come at the end. Have to say it looks pretty impressive.

For those of us that missed it, Livestream is repeating WETA Live: “Apes” Revealed event. It features concersations with Andy Serkis (Caesar), the visual effects guys from WETA (who also did Avatar, concept art, and a glimpse of the trailer.

We’ve Got a Logo, a (Really, Really Short) Clip, and More!
Posted: April 12, 2011
With the recent move to August 5, we figured quite correctly that things would start moving fast on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Fox has now released a logo and a four-second clip (that’s right, four seconds). While short, the clip is pretty awesome nonetheless.

For those of us that want to see more, WETA just announced that they are holding a streaming event on Facebook tomorrow. Nothing like advanced notice, eh?

And finally, Fox has launched the official website with the new title to go along with the official website with the old title.

Apes Gets Yet Another Title Change
Posted: April 7, 2011
Who can keep up with these titles? First it was Caesar, then Caesar: Rise of the Apes, and then just Rise of the Apes. Now, according to Dark Horizons Fox has changed the title again to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Have to say though, we like it. Just as Fox intended, it brings it in line with the whole series. Let’s hope this is the last one.

/Film reports that we should see a trailer next week, on April 15. Let’s hope that’s the case!

Apes Move Back to Summer!
Posted: March 23, 2011
Looks like we won’t have to wait until Thanksgiving after all. Dark Horizons reports that Fox has shifted Rise of the Planet of the Apes again, now to August 5. That means they’re going to have to get on the stick marketing wise, so things should ramp up pretty quickly.

First Official Photo from Rise of the Apes!
Posted: February 25, 2011
Fox has released the first official on-set photo from Rise of the Apes, which you can see courtesy of FilmoFilia. Not much to look at just yet – it just shows James Franco sitting in a lab, presumably looking at a computer screen, wearing the biggest phone headset I've ever seen in my life. Naturally, the unofficial photos that appeared previously are a lot better.

ClevverMovies chimes in on this one as well:

Apes Won’t Rise Until Thanksgiving
Posted: January 16, 2011
Dark Horizons reports that Fox, in a big schedule shuffle, has delayed Rise of the Apes from June 24 to November 23.

Franco talks to MTV News
Posted: October 21, 2010
James Franco talked to MTV News about Rise of the Apes, which he describes as more of a “Frankenstein story.” Hmmm...

First Promo Art for Rise of the Apes?
Posted: October 11, 2010
Ain’t It Cool News has posted an interesting piece of artwork from the set of Caesar: Rise of the Apes. It’s a thank-you card from the Props Department, with a very interesting logo (totally different from what we've already seen). I especially like the monkey and banana "signatures" at the bottom. It will be interesting to see how this compares with the final artwork.

Rise of the Apes On-Set Photos!
Posted: July 12, 2010
Someone named “Alex” has posted a nice collection of on-set photos from Rise of the Apes. You can see pics of Franco and Pinto in costumed (everyday clothes), plus Andy Serkis and some other guy in their mocap suits. An interesting bit of detail is that the other guy, who's leotard is labeled “Caesar,” is wearing arm extenders in what appears to be a scene where he's running loose in San Francisco. In the other photo of Serkis, he’s not wearing the extenders. Also, there's a logo for the fim, done in the tradition of the originals.

Draco Malfoy and Some Other Guy Join Apes
Posted: July 17, 2010
Dark Horizons reports, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting and Variety (talk about two different sources), that Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter) and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland) have joined the cast of Apes. Nice to see Felton moving on from Harry Potter. Let's hope this is a good start for him.

Brian Cox Joins Rise of the Apes!
Posted: July 12, 2010
The Amazing Brian Cox, one of my favorite actors, has now joined Rise of the Apes as the head bad guy (no surprise), according to The Wrap. Cox hit my fave list on the day I finally realized that several amazingling different characters in different movies were all played by the same guy. The man is a human chameleon.

King Kong Playing Caesar!
Posted: June 30, 2010
Not sure if this is a promotion or a demotion, but Andy Serkis, who played the title role in King Kong (not to mention Gollum in Lord of the Rings, has been hired to play Caesar in Rise of the Apes. Having played Kong, the king of all apes, he's certainly got the experience. Who else was WETA going to hire?

John Lithgow Joins Apes, Pinto Now Official
Posted: June 22, 2010
The Hollywood Reporter, er... reports that John Lithgow and Freida Pinto are now both on board Rise of the Apes, and gives another hint to the plot. Seems Lithgow (where has he been?) will be playing Franco's Alzheimer's-stricken father and Pinto a primatologist. No mention of Cheadle, though.

So, PotA Was Wrong About the Future?
Posted: June 20, 2010
Geekosystem ranks the original (what else?) Planet of the Apes #4 on their list of 10 Works of Retrofuturist Fiction That Were Wrong. Of course we're not going to have Ape overlords. Everyone knows it's the robots that are going to take over.

Slumdog and War Machine Joining Apes?
Posted: June 17, 2010
Bloody Disgusting reports that Frida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2), are now in talks to join James Franco in Rise of the Apes. Have to say this is looking interesting, though I have no idea why Bloody Disgusting is reporting on PotA.

ClevverMovies chimes in as well:

James Franco to Star in Rise of the Apes?
Posted: May 20, 2010
According to, Fox is now in talks with James Franco to star in the Conquest Remake, Rise of the Apes. Production is supposed to start in July, so we should be getting a lot of cast announcements soon.

Release Date and... CGI Apes?
Posted: May 7, 2010
Fox has given Rise of the Apes a release date of June 24, 2011, and announced that instead of using make-up, the apes will be done in CGI. They couldn't hire Rick Baker again? His work was one of the only good things about the Tim Burton remake. Still, it's WETA, so we’ll keep an open mind. Got to love the photo in this article. I believe that’s our good friends over at Apemania.

Prequel to Begin Filming in July
Posted: April 20, 2010
Production Weekly reported via Twitter that the Conquest-Remake/Prequel Caesar is set to start filming mid-July in Canada (more run-away production). Though I like the possibilities of remaking Conquest, I'm not real crazy about the Alzheimers cure plotline, which is something they toyed with in previous drafts (back when Ahnuld was slated to star) of what eventually became the Tim Burton remake.

Conquest Remake/Prequel Plot Details!
Posted: March 13, 2010
The good folks at CHUD have scored again! They just posted a complete plot synopsis of the Conquest Remake, now called Caesar: Rise of the Apes. Still hanging with the genetic thing from the previous attempt at remaking Planet, but this one tips its hat toward the original series far more than the Tim Burton version.

Apes Remake/Prequel Movie Gets a Director
Posted: March 12, 2010
We thought this thing was dead (or at least really stuck deep in the pits of Development Hell), but according to, the latest attempt at a new Apes movie seems to have gotten a director in Rupert Wyatt. No, I never heard of him, either.

Scott Frank Escapes the Planet of the Apes
Posted: January 8, 2010
Well, it looks like Scott Frank is no longer attached to the Conquest Remake. The good folks over at CHUD have once again caught up with Frank and gotten the straight scoop.

Scott Frank Hired for Conquest Remake
Posted: December 1, 2008
CHUD caught up with writer/director Scott Frank, who's been hired to work on the Conquest Remake. Frank says it's not a remake of Conquest, even though it sure sounds like one.

Ricardo Montalban, 1920-2009
Posted: January 14, 2009
The man who will forever be remembered as Khan, Mr. Roarke, and kindly circus-owner Armando, has passed away at 88. Montalban made his mark many times over in the Sci-Fi genre: in addition to Escape and Conquest, he was in Fantasy Island, Spy Kids, Kim Possible, and one of the greatest sequels ever made (not to mention one of the best Sci-Fi films), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Apes Take Over Fox Movie Channel Thanksgiving Weekend
Posted: November 1, 2008
This Thanksgiving weekend, the apes are taking over Fox Movie Channel. “Channel of the Apes,” the four day tribute to the ground-breaking Planet of the Apes science-fiction franchise, includes the first five theatrical films, five television movies and the premiere of Fox Legacy: Planet of the Apes. Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30.

Charlton Heston, 1923-2008
Posted: April 6, 2008
Sadly, one of our greatest actors has passed away. Charlton Heston will always be remembered for his great film roles, from The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, Touch of Evil, Soylent Green, The Omega Man, and so many others. But he will always be Col. George Taylor to us. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

Battle Ranks #15 on Worst Sequel List
Posted: December 13, 2007
LINK: AOL's Moviephone site ranked Battle for the Planet of the Apes at #15 on their list of The 25 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time and Tim Burton's 2001 Planet of the Apes "re-imagining" at #20 on The 25 Worst Movie Remakes of All Time.

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