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"No, I do not think the Planet of the Apes ending was stolen..am I thinking about taking anyone to court." The whole media frenzy (which, come to think of it, exploded just as Smith is promoting his new comedy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, due in theaters August 24) started when the filmmaker says he "made a few jokey comments about being pissed and litigious" to the New York Post after he saw Burton's surprise ending.
That would have given the CGI techs quite the challenge! Smith: Just Monkeying with Burton Webmaster Note: Swipe the blank text to read the spoiler info and swear words (hey, we try to keep this site PG...).
Director Kevin Smith apparently knows when to stop toying with an 800-pound gorilla.
This time, the gorilla in question is filmmaker Tim Burton, and Smith now insists he was only joking when he claimed Burton "stole" the ending for his Planet of the Apes remake from one of Smith's old Jay and Silent Bob comic books.
"Lest anyone think some sort of holy jihad is brewing betwixt me and the mighty Tim, I'd like to set the record straight," Smith writes on his Website,
The following are some of the latest press notices and bits of information about the new Planet of the Apes film that has been in the works for a while.
August 17, 2001 (from Dark Horizons) Planet of the Apes 2: Tim Burton confirmed to Reuters that he's not interested in doing a sequel to this Summer's remake of the hairy epic and lashed out at the studio system - "The idea of doing a sequel -- I'd rather jump out of the window, I swear to God... at the Mall, Mark Wahlberg's spacecraft was to land in Pasedena, California!They give you a script, and you do a budget based on that, and say 'This movie would cost 0 million to make', and then they treat you like a crazy, overspending, crazy-person. I'm fascinated by the studio technique that sort of leaves you bloodied, beaten and left for dead right before you're supposed to go out and make a great movie for them". August 17, 2001 (from Dark Horizons) Planet of the Apes (BIG ENDING SPOILERS AHEAD -- Swipe Text to Read): Those who haven't seen the film turn away.... Anyway the usually reliable 'Joe S' has news on one of the potential other endings that was considered a while back: "Seems like long before the Lincoln Monument ending was devised on PLANET OF THE APES, Tim Burton had another idea of how to throw a monkey-wrench into the "twist" ending of his disappointing film. Pasedena happens to be home to Rose Bowl stadium and the spaceship was to provide quite the spectacle as it landed on the field in the middle of a simian football game played before a packed house of 100,000 apes!