Monkey See, Monkey Do: Tim Burton's 'Planet of the Apes' Rewind
By David Weiner
In 2001, Tim Burton tried his hand at reinventing the 'Planet of the Apes' franchise with a "reimagining" of the 1968 sci-fi classic, this time starring Mark Wahlberg. ET was with Mark, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Roth as they revealed their excitement for the project, discussed the constraints of the intricate make-up and costumes, and talked about "ape school."
We also caught up with Burton at the film's New York premiere, as well as original franchise star Charlton Heston, who made a cameo in the film as an ape, no less!
Armed with incredible production design and even more impressive make-up effects by Oscar winner Rick Baker, Tim Burton's 'Planet of the Apes' made efforts to provide an original take on the beloved story, changing the locale to a distant planet rather than Earth, allowing the humans to talk, and delivering a new "twist" ending that had pretty much everyone scratching their heads as they left the theater.
After sampling the goods, die-hard fans ultimately gave Burton's vision the cold shoulder, paving the way a decade later for another attempt to reboot the franchise: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.'