Even as anticipation ramps up for Twentieth Century Fox’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” a present-day origin story starring James Franco, BOOM! Studios is bringing the damn dirty apes to comic shops beginning this week.
Written by “Dracula: The Company of Monsters” scribe Daryl Gregory with art by Carlos Magno, the ongoing “Planet of the Apes” series is set in the original film continuity and takes place before the 1968 classic. In that film, four astronauts led by Heston’s characters awaken from cryogenic sleep, apparently after 2000 years, and land upon a world in which simian civilization has reached an advanced state while humans are essentially dumb beasts. The final scenes — spoiler — feature a ruined Statue of Liberty, revealing that the “Planet of the Apes” is a far-future Earth.
CBR News spoke with Daryl Gregory about returning to the universe of the original movie series and the eternal conflicts he hopes to explore. Plus, you can check out our exclusive 10-page extended preview of the debut issue.
CBR News:With a new film set to revamp the franchise, it’s interesting that this series is set in the original continuity. What appeals to you most about this version of “Planet of the Apes?”
â€¨Daryl Gregory: Besides the fact that when I was twelve I had a crush on Kim Hunter? There was something about Zira that made me think bad thoughts. Oh, I’ll admit that James Franco is a handsome man, but he’s no Kim Hunter.â€¨â€¨