When publishing La Planete des Singes (Planet of the Monkey) in 1963, Pierre Boulle never thought that his work would explode in the market. Initially, the novel which was eventually translated into English into Monkey Planet (United Kingdom) and Planet of the Apes (United States) was considered a minor work by Boulle.
In addition, what is also interesting, initially, the French author who spawned the monumental work The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) was interested in writing the story of Planet Monkey after seeing a gorilla. Which has a human-like expression. In a zoo.
Furthermore, the world watched the novel by Pierre Boulle develop into one of the most successful franchises in history. Until now, there have been nine feature films adapted from the novel Planet of the Apes. In addition, there are also two television series, two video games, several comics, and various media that tell the story of the triumph of these intelligent monkeys.
After the first film, starring Charles “Ben-Hur” Helston, was released in 1968, Planet of the Apes immediately became one of Hollywood’s favorite films. Therefore, it is not surprising that the sequels to the film soon followed. Such as: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).
Which, in the end, generated $160 million in revenue globally. A relatively large number at that time. However, after 1973, the franchise seemed to sink.
After nearly three decades of suspended animation, the Planet of the Apes franchise had a remake and the film was released in 2001. Which is made by a specialist director of fantasy films: Tim Burton. Starring Mark Wahlberg. Still far from the first film.
However, after ten years have passed, it seems, 20th Century Fox wants to revive the Planet Monkey franchise. Two young stars who are quite famous, James Franco and Freida Pinto, they teamed up to accompany Andy Serkis. Who plays the ape Caesar with the help of CGI technology.
The second film series, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, was released in 2014. The response from critics, at the time, was more positive than the first film. Likewise at the box office. Dawn earns almost twice as much as Rise: Up to USD 710 million!
So, the next question is, can the third film, which is the closing of the Planet Monkey trilogy reboot, be able to surpass the success of the two predecessor films? The ultimate film series entitled War for the Planet of the Apes was released globally on July 14, 2017. However, it has only been shown in cinemas starting this Tuesday (25/7).
The story of this third film continues the adventures of the intelligent chimpanzee: Caesar (Andy Serkis). And his followers. When the enmity of the apes and mankind began. As told in the first film, which is set 12 years before the events of War for the Planet of the Apes, the Simian Flu virus (aka Monkey Flu) has spread widely. Then wipe out most of the human population.