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IMPORTANT NOTE: This is old news. Fortunately, Zanuck and company changed their minds and Heston is now in the remake, playing an ape. For all the news on the new Planet of the Apes film, see our Remake Page.

Apes Remake Without Heston?

June 20, 2000 (From the Internet Movie Database)

Planet Of The Apes Movie Has No Part For Charlton Heston

Planet of the Apes (1968) star Charlton Heston has been snubbed by the makers of the new version of the classic flick - who say they have "no place for him." The Tim Burton film, due to be released next year, is a reconstruction of the basic themes found in the 1968 original. But while Matt Damon is widely believed to have been cast in the main part, the movie's producer Richard D. Zanuck insists Heston will never be considered to star alongside him. Zanuck says, "The film is not a sequel, it's not a remake of The Planet of the Apes (1968), it is a reconstruction of the basic idea -- a re-imagination of apes and humans. However there is definitely no part for Charlton Heston."

If this turn of events displeases you as much as it displeases us, then contact the following:

Richard Zanuck
The Zanuck Company
9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 930
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 274-0261

Tom Rothman
Film Group President
20th Century- Fox
PO Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213
Tom Sherak
Film Group Chairman
20th Century-Fox
PO Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213


(After all, a "Planet of the Apes" without Charlton Heston is like...a talking human in the Year 3978...they're both mutants.)

Thanks to the HESTfest ( site for providing this information.