The original “Planet of the Apes” was based upon the novel, “La Planète des Singes,” by Pierre Boulle, with a screenplay by Rod Sterling (“Requiem for a Heavyweight,” “The Twilight Zone,” ”Night Gallery,” etc). The original film, I can’t speak as much about the sequels (Beneath the Planet of the Apes, “Escape From the Planet of the Apes,” “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes,” and “Battle for the Planet of the Apes”) except for ‘Conquest,’ which takes the underlying subtext of race relations to a logical–though pessimistic–conclusion.
The films revolved around a dystopian future in which humans are no longer at the top of the food chain–as if that wasn’t bad enough–but the world has been “reset” by nuclear devastation. It has begun to recover, but now various species of simian, who don’t think too highly of the remaining humans, are now running things.
Roles have been reversed, and humans now live primitively, like the animals that we once believed that we were superior to.
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