Boom! Studios have announced that they will bring Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling’s original screenplay for what became the 1968 seminal sci-fi classic Planet Of The Apes to life as a comic book miniseries. Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries is part of a planned 50th-anniversary celebration of the original 1968 film.
Actor/comedian Dana Gould is adapting Serling’s screenplay for this comic book miniseries. Visionaries uses Serling’s screenplay, along with original concept art and makeup tests as the basis for the graphic novel, with The Simpsons writer Dana Gould and Avengers: Origins artist Chad Lewis working together to turn it into a complete comic book experience.
“As someone who knows the original films by heart, I’m honored to present Rod Serling’s original vision to the public,” Gould tells Heat Vision. “It’s the world you know, yet it’s also very different — very political, very Rod Serling. For me, this is all about him.” While Lewis describes Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries as “an awesome project to work on because Mr. Serling’s original vision, as told by Dana, really took some great chances both visually and narratively. The end result is a wholly unique story that was a blast to illustrate.”
Rod Serling was commissioned by 20th Century Fox to adapt Pierre Boulle’s novel for the screen. La Planete Des Singes’ first draft was drastically revised into the radically different vision that started one of the longest and most popular science fiction franchises in film history. Some of the differences are simple, such as Taylor (Charleton Heston in the film) was originally named Thomas, while others would have redefined the entire concept of the franchise’s first entry. Ape City was not some crude, primitive grouping of huts and markets but an entire modern city filled with apes in a parody of the contemporary life of the 1960s. We’ve gone into the history of the Planet Of The Apes franchise before.
“I’ve been lucky to work on so many Planet Of The Apes comics, from [those based on] the original 1968 film that started it all, to the modern movies, to the archives collecting the classic comics, so to be able to rediscover the world through the original imagination of Serling with Dana and Chad has been an incredible gift,” explained editor Dafna Pleban. “I can’t wait for fans to see what we have in store!”
Check out the cover art designed by Eisner Award winner Paolo Rivera:
Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries will be released in August from BOOM! Studios.
Images: BOOM Studios, 20th Century Fox