Escape From the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 06

Circulating the Internet today are details on how Dawn of the Planet of the Apes nearly ended. There was a battleship involved, and there’s actually a shot of it in the trailer. The image, combined with the fact that it was a kind of cliffhanger moment reminds me of the conclusion of Resident Evil: Afterlife (that’s part 4) where the heroes have just arrived on an aircraft carrier and then are attacked from above as the credits begin. That franchise is all about the serialization. The Planet of the Apes movies are not. Although the original sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, takes place right after the first movie and the next installment, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, starts with a return-from-cliffhanger type twist, afterward each movie was set years apart from its predecessor. And that’s how the new series is so far, too. The next one, due in 2016, should also be set at least a decade ahead. Director Matt Reeves, who is returning for Planet of the Apes 3 (as we’ll call it for now), spoke about the alternate ending with Slashfilm and said it was never finished, so don’t think it’ll wind up in the DVD extras. He also admits that he didn’t want such a cliffhanger to lock in where they have to go with the next movie. I don’t necessarily think it would, especially when you consider the way Rise of the Planet of the Apes ends in a way that indicated the sequel would […]


Directors Who Inherit a Franchise

Every so often, a film emerges from the fray to prove its popularity and warrant a sequel. More and more, franchises are planned out in advance, but when one film turns into a franchise, a cash register sound goes off in the ears of the studio. Even though the kid stays in the picture, sometimes the director does not. Maybe the director is done working with the material. Maybe the producers want a more seasoned hand. Maybe a simple schedule conflict keeps him or her out of the chair for the next round up. But the show must go on, so the producers find another director to fill the slot – a director who ostensibly inherits all the strengths and weaknesses of a franchise birthed by someone else. Cinematic sloppy seconds that could have easily turned into sloppy sequels if it weren’t for a steady, talented director guiding the ship. Here’s a list of the ten best.

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