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  • May 31: 'Twentieth Century Fox' is formed as the result of the merger of 'Fox Film Corporation' (founded by Hungarian immigrant William Fox in 1915) and 'Twentieth Century Pictures' (founded in 1933 by Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph Schenck, Raymond Griffith and William Goetz). In 1966 Fox greenlit the production of the first Planet of the Apes movie.












  • April 7: Visual effects artist Stan Winston is born. Between about 1995 and 2000, Winston developed animatronic Apes for a projected Planet of the Apes movie, which were ultimately unused.















  • October 31: Director/producer/screenwriter Peter Jackson is born in New Zealand. In 1992 Jackson put together a three- or four-page script treatment for a new Planet of the Apes movie which was never developed.


  • June: The first English-language version of Boulle's book is published by 'Vanguard Press' of New York, USA, from a translation by Xan Fielding.
  • King Brothers Productions begins development of a movie based on the book, employing Rod Serling to write a script treatment. Serling leaves the project because of the budget suggested by King Brothers.


  • Blake Edwards asks Rod Serling to resume work on a script treatment, disregarding budgetary constraints.
  • February: Warner Bros. agrees to begin production on the movie in late January of 1965.
  • April: Serling is reporting jointly to Blake Edwards and Arthur P. Jacobs. Script revisions are submitted regularly until March 1965, featuring astronauts John Thomas, William Dodge and Paul LaFever in place of the French originals.
  • May 22: Serling submits a script which includes the discovery of a reel of film bearing the legend: "Filmed with the Co-operation of the United States Air Force" - setting the movie on a future Earth, rather than the alien world originally envisioned. By December, Serling replaces the reel of film idea with the iconic Statue of Liberty ending, and also adds a fourth male astronaut named Blake, who dies en route.


  • January 25: Warner Bros. estimates the budget could surpass $10 million and declines the movie option. Blake Edwards leaves the movie project. A February script changes the fourth astronaut's name from Blake to Stewart.
  • March 1: Rod Serling submits his final screenplay draft before turning his attention to other projects.
  • Arthur P. Jacobs' APJAC Productions unsuccessfully approaches J. Arthur Rank in England and Samuel Bronston in Spain; the concept is rejected by successive movie studios.



  • June 7: Fox's director of publicity James Denton publishes a 'Preliminary Production Information Guide' on the forthcoming motion picture.
  • June: Filming moves to the 20th Century Fox ranch in Malibu Creek, Los Angeles, for outdoor scenes.
  • July: Indoor shooting at Fox Studios, Los Angeles.
  • October 31st: Charlton Heston and others view the movie for the first time, though still missing the music score and other visual/audio effects.


  • April: Serling's first script treatment is rejected by Abrahams. Serling completes two further treatments over the next month, but both are rejected because they lack a twist comparable to that of the first movie. Pierre Boulle is asked to write a write a screenplay.
  • July 22: The English-language translation of Pierre Boulle's screenplay for a second movie, titled Planet of the Men, is submitted. It is dismissed as not "cinematic".
  • A treatment by an unknown author, titled The Dark Side of the Earth, is also rejected. Working in England producing The Chairman, Mort Abrahams meets screenwriter Paul Dehn and asks him to write a treatment based on some of Abrahams' ideas. They are joined in London by Arthur Jacobs.
  • September 13: Paul Dehn submits his story treatment, titled Planet of the Apes Revisited. Don Medford is chosen as director but soon quits, possibly because of the $3 million budget alloted to the film. He is replaced by Ted Post. Charlton Heston initially refuses to reprise his role, unhappy with the story, but is reminded by Richard D. Zanuck that he owes him for agreeing to make the first picture.
  • September 30: Fox agrees to Charlton Heston's proposal to appear briefly at the film's start before making way for a new leading man.
  • December 20: Dehn's first draft screenplay for Planet of the Apes Revisited is completed, with Taylor dying and replaced by a new astronaut character, Brent. This is soon amended so that Taylor disappears early on, then returns at the film's end to provide an optimistic conclusion.


  • February 3: A version of the Planet of the Apes Revisited first draft screenplay with revisions is issued.
  • Director Ted Post and stars James Franciscus and Charlton Heston all complain about the script, which Post called "horribly cliched". Franciscus and writer John Ryan, assisted by Post, spend a weekend rewriting much of the script, and present it to an angry Mort Abrahams, who nevertheless adds many of their ideas to the next script revision. Michael Wilson is approached about making script changes but cannot commit. Arch Oboler is said to have contributed an uncredited revision to the screenplay.
  • Charlton Heston, still very reluctant about appearing, asks Richard D. Zanuck for a change to the ending of the movie so that everyone gets killed, including the heroes. Zanuck agrees and gives the order to writer Paul Dehn and director Ted Post. Post hates the new ending, calling it "cynical and pessimistic", and both he and James Franciscus plead for someone to survive the apocalypse.


See also: 1970

  • Paul Dehn receives a telegram from 20th Century Fox saying "Apes exist, sequel required". Dehn writes a screnplay under the working title The Secret of the Planet of the Apes.
  • October 21: Dehn submits his first draft screenplay.


See also: 1971

  • Paul Dehn is asked to script a further sequel.


See also: 1972

  • January 18th: The final shooting script for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes is submitted. Writer Paul Dehn "fitted it together so that it fitted in with the beginning of 'Apes 1', so that the wheel had come full circle and one could stop there quite happily." Dehn says in interview that he would probably not be involved in a rumored Apes TV series.
  • February: Rumors on-set suggest there would be one more feature film, after which the property would be sold as a weekly series to television. Speculation was that the fifth movie would 'sew up' the saga by closing with Charlton Heston's arrival on the ape-dominated Earth.
  • KMPC radio personality Gary Owens hosts the 'Most Beautiful Ape Contest' in Century City, the complex used for much of the location filming. Dominique Green is the winner of the title and gains a contract for a supporting role in the next Apes movie.
  • September 1 - 4: After initially offering promotional work similar to the 'Miss Ape' contest, 20th Century Fox agrees to loan actress Paula Crist ape makeup appliances which, with a costume she made herself, she uses to put on an exhibit at the 'World Science Fiction Convention' (WorldCon) in Anaheim, California. Impressed, producer Arthur P. Jacobs offers her a part in the next sequel.
  • Near the end of December: Reporter Sam Maronie contacts APJAC Productions about the new movie due to start shooting "in the next few days" and is offered a part in the film.


See also: 1973

  • February: Spanish horror movie La Noche del Terror Ciego (Tombs of the Blind Dead) receives a US release, sometimes re-named Revenge From Planet Ape to exploit the success of the Planet of the Apes films.
  • 1973?: An undated concept outline for a TV series is prepared, outlining two human astronaut characters - Alan Virdon and Stan Kovak - who crash-land on the Planet of Apes. Their adversaries are Ursus and Zaius, and Galen the chimpanzee is their only ape friend.
  • Casting agent Marvin Paige is involved in a presentation for a Planet of the Apes TV series to CBS. The network opts to make 'The New Adventures of Perry Mason' for the Fall season instead.
  • From September: The first three Planet of the Apes movies are aired in a row on CBS prime time to kickoff the 1973-4 season 'Friday Night Movie'. It registers a 33.6 Nielsen rating and a 57 per cent share of the audience to capture the number one spot in the ratings race for that week and the highest ratings in history for a sci-fi series up to that time. This starts the "Apemania" hype which ultimately spawns a magazine, TV series and a vast merchandising spree. The first toy company to exploit this new-found market is Addar, who produce model kits based on the central characters.


See also: 1974

  • Literally hundreds of Planet of the Apes-related items are licensed and flood the market in anticipation of the debut of the TV series in September.
  • Power Records adapts four of the five original Planet of the Apes films as 'Book & Record' sets comprising a full color comic with a record providing narration and sound effects. The four adaptations are later collected for a compilation LP.
  • April 5: TV series script "Hostage" is completed by Stephen Kandel. Further scripts are written leading up to the start of production in June, most of which will be filmed for the series.
  • May: Auditions are held for the role of Ursus. The next day auditions are held for Zaius, and the following day three couples are tested together: one Ursus and one Zaius. Mark Lenard and Booth Colman are selected.


  • June 1: Ron Harper marries Sally Stark in New York. In the second week of their honeymoon, Harper is asked to return from Killarney, Ireland, to test with Roddy McDowall and candidates for the role of Stan Kovak, including James Naughton.







  • Power Records releases a series of three 'Little LP' records featuring completely new audio adventures for the Planet of the Apes TV series characters. These are collected into a compiliation LP, along with a fourth original story.


See also: 1975


See also: 1976

  • June: Marvel UK merge their weekly Planet Of The Apes comic series into Planet of the Apes and Dracula Lives, beginning with issue #88.


See also: 1977

  • February: Marvel UK publishes Planet of the Apes and Dracula Lives issue #123, after which this title is cancelled.
  • March: Marvel UK includes its Planet of the Apes stories in The Mighty World Of Marvel (featuring Planet of the Apes) weekly comic, beginning with issue #231.
  • June: The Mighty World Of Marvel comic features the last appearance of Planet of the Apes content in the UK with issue #246.
  • Argentinian publishing company Editorial Mo.Pa.Sa releases a series of seven Planet of the Apes comics in Spanish and under the title El Planeta De Los Simios, with all-new comic strips featuring characters from the Planet of the Apes TV series.


See also: 1978


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  • Japanese TV series Saru no Gundan (Army of the Apes), borrowing heavily from the Planet of the Apes concept, receives a US release as an edited movie re-named Time of the Apes.




See also: 1990


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See also: 1992

  • Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh pitch a three or four-page treatment which “continued the ape’s saga from where it left off in the fifth movie.” Roddy McDowall agrees to play a role they have written for him. Executive changes at 20th Century Fox lead to the withdrawal of support for the project.


See also: 1993

  • Producers Don Murphy and Jane Hamsher successfully pitch the idea of a Planet of the Apes revival to 20th Century Fox. Director Oliver Stone (Platoon, The Doors) signs on as executive producer/co-writer.
  • December: Oliver Stone announces his plans to create a new Planet of the Apes movie about apes from an ancient civilization with connections to mystical numeric codes and the Bible.


See also: 1994

  • Terry Hayes is recruited to write the screenplay for the new Planet of the Apes movie.
  • Rick Baker's Cinovation Studios design an orangutan prosthetic test makeup for the movie project. The producers opt instead for Stan Winston's animatronic approach.
  • Filming is scheduled for Fall, with a release in Summer 1995.


See also: 1995

  • January: Phillip Noyce (Dead Calm, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) is selected to direct the new Apes picture, and pre-production is planned with a $100 million budget.
  • February: Phillip Noyce abandons the movie because of Fox's dismissal of Hayes. Producers Don Murphy and Jane Hamsher are bought off the project by Fox, while Oliver Stone switches his attention to other film projects.
  • Stan Winston Studios make a demo reel of their Apes makeup, possibly including tests of apes skiing.


See also: 1996


See also: 1997

  • December: It's reported that James Cameron's development company, Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox wish to get the movie on fastrack in the new year.


See also: 1998

  • April: Michael Bay (The Rock, Armaggedon) is named as the director attached to the prospective 'Planet of the Apes' remake.
  • James Cameron's film treatment plans are reported to fit in with the continuity of the original Apes movie arc.
  • October 8: A&E airs the documentary special, Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend.
  • October: Lightstorm Entertainment says there is still no script, but that James Cameron still intends to produce and write the project. Peter Hyams (Capricorn One, 2010) is named as the director.


See also: 1999

  • March: William Broyles Jr. (China Beach, Apollo 13) agrees to write a Planet of the Apes script.


See also: 2000

  • January: William Broyles Jr. submits a story outline set on the fictional planet "Aschlar", entitled 'The Visitor' and billed as "episode one in the Chronicles of Aschlar".
  • May: Stan Winston is replaced by makeup wizard Rick Baker.
  • October: Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal begin rewriting William Broyles' script. The title of the production changes from The Visitor back to Planet of the Apes. Camera tests get under way in Sun Valley, California. Scenery painter Paul Trachtenberg falls to his death working on the production.
  • November 6: Filming for Planet of the Apes begins at Independence Bay, Lake Powell, near the small desert town of Page, Arizona, where parts of the original film were shot.


See also: 2001

  • February: 20th Century Fox's merchandising campaign for the forthcoming movie begins.
  • April: Filming of Planet of the Apes is completed at the black lava plains below Mount Kilauea on the big island of Hawaii.
  • November 20th: The Making of the Planet of the Apes documentary premieres on DVD.


See also: 2002

  • August: Actor Charlton Heston publicly announces that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.


See also: 2003


See also: 2004

  • February 3rd: The Planet of the Apes: 35th Anniversary Edition (full-screen and wide-screen) DVD is released in the United States and Canada.


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See also: 2006

  • March 28th: The Planet of the Apes: Legacy box-set is released on DVD.


See also: 2007


See also: 2008

  • June 15: Visual effects artist Stan Winston passes away. Between about 1995 and 2000, Winston developed animatronic Apes for a projected Planet of the Apes movie, which were ultimately unused.


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  • July 21: Matt Reeves, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis attend Comic Con San Diego 2013 and reveal the first still from Dawn of lead ape Caesar, a promo for the symptoms of the Simian Flu as well as an exclusive teaser trailer from the film revolving around the humans with a shot of Caesar leading his ape army into battle.
  • August 9: IMDb reports that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has gone into post-production.
  • December 18: The trailer shown at Comic Con is released as the first official trailer.
  • December 11: The first set of posters for Dawn are released giving fans a first look at aged Maurice, Rocket and Koba as well as a glimpse at Caesar all painted up in war paint.


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