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Planet of the Apes (franchise)

Planet of the Apes
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Planet of the Apes is an American science fiction media franchise consisting of films, books, television series, comics, and other media about a world in which humans and intelligent apes clash for control. The franchise is based on French author Pierre Boulle‘s 1963 novel La Plan├Ęte des singes, translated into English as Planet of the Apes or Monkey Planet. Its 1968 film adaptation, Planet of the Apes, was a critical and commercial hit, initiating a series of sequels, tie-ins, and derivative works. Arthur P. Jacobsproduced the first five Apes films through APJAC Productions for distributor 20th Century Fox; since his death in 1973, Fox has controlled the franchise.

Four sequels followed the original film from 1970 to 1973: Beneath the Planet of the ApesEscape from the Planet of the ApesConquest of the Planet of the Apes, and Battle for the Planet of the Apes. They did not approach the critical acclaim of the original, but were commercially successful, spawning two television series in 1974 and 1975. Plans for a film remake stalled in “development hell” for over ten years before Tim Burton‘s Planet of the Apes was released in 2001. A reboot film series commenced in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was followed by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014 and War for the Planet of the Apes in 2017. The films have grossed a total of over $2 billion worldwide, against a combined budget of $567.5 million. Along with further narratives in various media, franchise tie-ins include video games, toys, and planned theme park rides.

Planet of the Apes has received particular attention among film critics for its treatment of racial issues. Cinema and cultural analysts have also explored its Cold War and animal rights themes. The series has influenced subsequent films, media, and art, as well as popular culture and political discourse.

Films

NumberTitleRelease dateDirectorContinuity
1Planet of the ApesApril 3, 1968Franklin J. SchaffnerOriginal series
2Beneath the Planet of the ApesMay 27, 1970Ted Post
3Escape from the Planet of the ApesMay 21, 1971Don Taylor
4Conquest of the Planet of the ApesJune 29, 1972J. Lee Thompson
5Battle for the Planet of the ApesJune 15, 1973
6Planet of the ApesJuly 27, 2001Tim BurtonRemake
7Rise of the Planet of the ApesAugust 5, 2011Rupert WyattReboot series
8Dawn of the Planet of the ApesJuly 11, 2014Matt Reeves
9War for the Planet of the ApesJuly 14, 2017
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