Bright Eyes' Rampage
Under the supervision of Steven Jacobs, it was here where Dr. Will Rodman attempted to develop a viral "cure" for Alzheimer's Disease over a course of five years. Among the chimpanzee test subjects were Bright Eyes, Lorelei, Chambers, Burke and Verdon. Bright Eyes was given the ALZ-112 drug which increased her mental capabilities, while a military-sanctioned "variant" of the drug was administered to Burke and Verdon, the latter of whom was later shot while attempting to escape. Bright Eyes went berserk just as Will was announcing his progress to members of the board. The project was shut down as a result and the apes were euthanized, but Will adopted the new-born child of Bright Eyes, Caesar, who developed remarkable intelligence as a result of his mother's exposure to the virus.
Creation of the End
Eight years later, after Will's success in giving the drug to his own father, Charles Rodman, who suffered from the Alzheimer's, Gen-Sys began developing a newer and stronger version - "ALZ-113" - which proved to be fatal to humans yet gave a higher intelligence to apes. Robert Franklin was exposed and inadvertently infected others, eventually kickstarting the Simian Flu Pandemic that caused the near extinction of humanity.
Later, Caesar led an ape rebellion, attacking the labs and liberating the test apes. As this was happening, Jacobs learned of the lab's experiments being hazardous to humans before he saw the freed apes and ran. The apes fled the labs and stormed through the city before engaging in a battle against the authorities on the Golden Gate Bridge. Despite casualties on both sides, the apes emerged victorious and established their home in the Muir Woods.
Later, the scandal precipitated by Gen-Sys became known as Monkeygate. However, Polytechnic Solutions, the corporation than owned Gen-Sys, sought to cover up Gen-Sys' involvement in Monkeygate to protect the company's reputation. However, the link between the drug testing and Gen-Sys became public knowledge. Meanwhile, the ALZ-113 spread across the world, resulting in the deadly Simian Flu Pandemic and the collapse of human civilization. Gen-Sys was shut down and rendered defunct before the initial outbreak ended.
|Robert Franklin||Deceased||Chimp Handler|
|Donnie Thompson||Deceased||Chimp Handler|
|Linda Andersen||Deceased||Lab Assistant|
The Gen-Sys Building consisted of:
- Steven Jacobs' Office: Where Steven Jacobs did most of his work.
- Test Room: Where Robert Franklin handled the tests that showed the chimps' intelligence.
- Holding Room: Which housed cells holding individual chimpanzees, along with their caretakers.
- Eye Testing: Where tests were held on the visual skills of the chimpanzees.
- Trial Room: Where drugs were tested on the ape subjects.
- In an earlier version of the script, vans from the federal Center for Disease Control arrive to clean up the area around the lab after the mass-breakout by the apes. The CDC also featured in unused Apes screenplays written by Terry Hayes (Return of the Apes, 1995) and Sam Hamm (Planet of the Apes, 1995).
- Gen-Sys is a possible abbreviation for Genetical Synthesis or Genetical System(s).
- Some of the laboratory scenes were shot "at the British Columbia Institute Of Technology's Aerospace Campus in Richmond; a 300,000-square-foot facility whose smooth, gunmetal and dark-glass styling suits the story's present-day-to-very-close-future setting, doubling as it does for the Gen-Sys research facility."
More to come…
- West African Jungle
- San Francisco
- Rodman House
- San Francisco Zoo
- San Bruno Primate Shelter
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Muir Woods Park
- Ape Village