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In talking about the differences between the finished film and Dehn’s earlier drafts, we’re going to be getting into some of the surprises (and the endings) of the finished films. I did my best to avoid giving too much away in the Primer, but now we’re going to get a little more specific. So once again, let me just urge you to go watch the series and then come back here. They’re well worth it! Anyway, here’s your SPOILER WARNING.
The Planet of the Apes series became one of the greatest and most indelible in all science fiction thanks to the contributions of many talented men and women:
- Cast members like Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, James Gregory, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Paul Williams, and Ricardo Montalban
- Producer Arthur P. Jacobs
- Makeup genius John Chambers
- Directors Franklin Schaffner, Ted Post, Don Taylor, and J. Lee Thompson
- Writers Pierre Boulle, Rod Serling, Michael Wilson, John & Joyce Corrington
But as the writer of three out of the five films, Paul Dehn could be said to be the architect of original series. Unfortunately, due to poor health in the last years of his life (his final produced screenplay was for Sidney Lumet’s Murder On the Orient Express in 1974; he would die two years later) Dehn bowed out of writing the screenplay for the finale of the series, Battle for the Planet of the Apes. The Corringtons were brought in to replace him, and while he provided a final polish on their script, the final film differs greatly from Dehn’s original conception for the fourth sequel.
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