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Planet of the Apes Reboot Spoiler Information

Devin Faraci over at CHUD has scored some MAJOR SPOILER-FILLED information about the new Planet of the Apes film, currently titled CAESAR: RISE OF THE APES, which he emphasizes has a number of nods to the original film series and actually ties into 1968’s first film.
In CAESAR, according to CHUD, “Will is a doctor trying to cure Alzheimers, a disease that afflicts his father. He’s working with monkeys to create a benign virus that can get into brain tissue and restore functionality. After his research is shut down he’s left with just one chimp, the child of his most promising subject, and Will raises him at home. Young Caesar is incredibly intelligent for an ape, and over time he continues to mutate and evolve, looking less like a chimp and moving on from sign language to actual speech. Eventually Caesar ends up leading an army of apes in an uprising just as a catastrophe strikes mankind.

“CAESAR: RISE OF THE APES is explicitly a prequel to the real PLANET OF THE APES. During the course of the script TV newscasts recount the launch of a space craft called the Icarus, led by a Colonel Taylor, which eventually disappears while going around the dark side of Mars. While these aren’t the exact same situations from the original film, PLANET OF THE APES had Charlton Heston playing Colonel Taylor whose ship, the Icarus, crash lands on Earth in the distant future.”

The report lists six direct connections between this film and the originals (follow the link to read them), before adding, “At one point Caesar is sent to a wild animal park and lives in a monkey house. There we see that the original film’s social structure, where chimps, orangutans and gorillas have their own strata, is in place. Caesar manages to unite them all, though. By the end of the script humanity’s downfall, which is tied to Caesar’s origin, is in place. Caesar is presented as struggling for freedom, but he’s unwilling to be violent. This makes the ending confused, as the other apes rampage while Caesar behaves non-violently. In the original CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Caesar makes the other apes leap forward evolutionarily just by existing. Here’s there’s a more scientific explanation. Also, Caesar’s slow mutation explains why the apes in PLANET OF THE APES are bigger than and look nothing like modern chimps, orangutans or gorillas.

“The ending,” CHUD concludes, “is suitably bleak in a traditional PLANET OF THE APES way, while leaving a big opening for the next chapter.”
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