ByDave Conley, writer at
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Was there an Easter egg in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" that may hint at a possible remake of the original?

A news headline reports that the "Icarus" is the first craft headed to Mars. This is the name of Taylor's (Charlton Heston) space craft in the original.Later in the film we see that the spacecraft and astronauts have disappeared.Does this mean that they have gone into a time warp and ended up on a future "Planet of the Apes"? Maybe if the pilot wasn't Mark Wahlberg hell even the chimp was a better pilot than him in the Burton re-imagining.

I started thinking about the Original and found out some interesting trivia about it and the many tributes payed to the original in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" so let's start with some fun things about the original!

Rod Serling 6 time Emmy winner and host of the Twilight Zone wrote the first draft of the screenplay for Planet of the Apes. Although it was worked on by others and finally Micheal Wilson It was Serling who originally came up with the twist ending of Taylor seeing the destroyed Statue of Liberty

Because of the time that it took to make up all the Ape actors they had to liquefy all their meals so they could drink them through straws

Just as it occurs in Nature actors made up as different ape species tended to hang out together, gorillas with gorillas, orangutans with orangutans, chimps with chimps.

Ingrid Bergman turned down the role of Zira which went to Kim Hunter she later confided to her daughter Isabella Rosselini that she regretted it because she would not have had to rely on her beauty and she could've gotten to work with Heston.

The part of Dr. Zaiius originally was given to Edward G. Robinson. He had even done make up tests for the film. Unfortunately he found the make up too laborious to work with and the part went to Maurice Evans. Robinson eventually made his last film Soylent Green (1973) with Heston.

Although the studio was reluctant to make this film it was a huge success spawning four more sequels and a television show. It was also one of the first films to have a major large scale merchandising tie-in. Some of the merchandise included toys and collectibles, action figures, picture and story books, trading card sets, books, records, comics and a series of graphic novels from Marvel Comics.

John Chambers based his pioneering make up technique on a method he had used during World War II to give disfigured veterans a normal appearance. Chambers spent many hours watching the apes at Los Angeles Zoo, studying their facial expressions. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave Chambers a special award for makeup (which was not an Oscar category until 1981) for this achievement. It was only the second time that a make-up artist received an Academy Award. Chambers' award was presented by Walter Matthau and a chimpanzee in a tuxedo.

The full name of Heston's character was George Taylor but in the movie he was only called Taylor. The character's name was originally Thompson

Although Charleton Heston made sure his character Taylor was killed off in the second movie "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (1970) He made a total of five appearances in Planet of the Apes films.

That's him all right
That's him all right

1) He starred in the original

2) co-starred in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

3) was seen in archive footage (kissing Zira in a sepia yellow flashback) in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

4) had a cameo as Zaius in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes (2001) remake

5) can be seen on the TV set in Rise of the Planet of the Apes inside the Ape bunkhouse in the role of Michelangelo from The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965).

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Primate Power!
Primate Power!

Caesar isn't the first iconic simian character that Andy Serkis has played he was also the star of Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong!

Besides what I mentioned at the beginning of this there were lots of other homages paid to the original in this film from Caesar holding a cut out of the Statue of Liberty to the Character of Dodge using some of the same lines even. During part of the ape rebellion you can hear him yell "It's a Madhouse, a madhouse!" and when Caesar grabs hold of him he repeats one of the most historic lines in movie history “Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!” When Dodge hoses Caesar, it's reminiscent of when Julius hoses Taylor from the original.

You hoser
You hoser

Will Rodman's surname is a nod to original Planet of the Apes screenwriter Rod (Rodman) Serling.

The name of Tom Felton's character Dodge Landon is a reference to the characters Dodge (Jeff Burton) and Landon (Robert Gunner), Colonel Taylor's (Charlton Heston) fellow astronauts

Caesar’s mother Bright Eyes — was Dr. Zira's (Kim Hunter) nickname for Charlton Heston‘s Taylor in the original “Planet of the Apes.”

Caesar strikes up a friendship with an orangutan named Maurice — an homage to actor Maurice Evans, who played the orangutan Dr. Zaius in the first “Planet of the Apes.”

One of the female chimps is "Cornelia", named for Dr. Cornelius and Dr. Zira of the original.

The lab worker who cares for the chimps is named Franklin, a nod to the original Apes director Franklin J. Schaffner.

The San Bruno Primate Sanctuary is nod to the human zoo from the original film.

Did I miss any let me know! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens July 11th


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