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Planet of the Apes: The Forbidden Zone

Previous Updates

First Photos from the Set!
Posted: April 12, 2013
Movieweb presents the very first photos from the set in Vancouver, before the crew moves down South to New Orleans (and great food).

Apes Casting! Jason Clark to Star in Dawn of the Apes
Posted: February 19, 2013
Things are finally heating up on the sequel! Collider reports that Jason Clark (Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless) will star in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and that the film will take place fifteen years after Rise.

UPDATE (2/22): Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) has also been added to the cast.

UPDATE (2/28): The Awesomeness quotient has just increased greatly! Gary Oldman has now joined the cast, too, as the leader of the human colony (that makes two people from Lawless.

UPDATE (3/6): Keri Russell has now joined the cast, too, as yet another human. First The Americans, and now this. Ms. Russell is on a roll these days.

UPDATE (3/28): We finally get an ape! Judy Greer has been cast as Caesar’s mate, Cornelia (get it?).

Rupert Wyatt On Why He Stepped Down
Posted: February 15, 2013
In an exclusive interview with WhatCulture, Rupert Wyatt explains why he stepped down as director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

James Franco Not in Dawn of the Apes Either?
Posted: December 17, 2012
In a brief interview with MTV, James Franco explained that he likely would not appear in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Teaser Poster for Dawn of the Apes Released?
Posted: December 15, 2012
IGN offers a glimpse. Update: It’s not the real deal, but it’s still pretty cool.

L.A. Times Review of Argo
Posted: October 11, 2012
In Ben Affleck’s latest film, based on the incredible (and recently declassified true story), John Goodman portrays Oscar-winning Planet of the Apes make-up artist John Chambers. Read the L.A. Times review.

Watch the trailer:

It’s Official: Matt Reeves is Directing Dawn
Posted: October 1, 2012
In an exclusive, Deadline reports that Matt Reeves has officially signed on to direct Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

Rupert Wyatt No Longer Directing Dawn of the Apes?
Posted: September 17, 2012
In a major shocker, Deadline reports that Rupert Wyatt is stepping down as director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Screenwriter Rick Jaffa tells Total Film (via that there won’t be any time travel in Dawn, either.

And if you ever get confused about all the time travel in the original series, IGN has provided a very handy info-graphic.

UPDATE (9/25): Deadline reports that Fox has already come up with a short list of replacement directors, with Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) at the top.

Rise Sequel Gets a Title and Release Date
Posted: June 1, 2012
Total Film reports that the follow-up to the apes’ origin story will be called Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and will be released in the US on Memorial Day, 23 May 2014.

Rise of the Apes Sequel a Go
Posted: April 26, 2012 reports, courtesy of CinemaCon, that Rise of the Planet of the Apes has offically launched a new franchise!

No Love for the Tim Burton Remake
Posted: March 14, 2012
io9 ranks the Tim Burton Planet of the Apes remake at #1 on their list of the 10 Worst Science Fiction Movie Remakes of All Time.

Mondo Releases Classic Apes Poster Series
Posted: January 25, 2012
/Film reports that Mondo has partnered with Sideshow Collectibles and a handful of notable poster artists to produce a set of posters for the Planet of the Apes films. There are five prints in the series, one for each of the primary classic films.

Exclusive Interview with Rise Screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver!
Posted: August 16, 2011
The Forbidden Zone was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Rise of the Planet of the Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. We talked to them just a few days after the movie opened at number one at the box office, exceeding expectations and getting great reviews.

We also have a brief video interview, courtesy of Hulu.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is Number #1 at the box office for the second week in a row!

Cult Box in the UK is giving away 10 Rise of the PotA T-shirts. Contest ends soon!

And finally, the AV Club ranks Escape at #4 on their list of 17 film franchises that took strange left turns.

Nods and Fan Reactions
Posted: August 11, 2011
Catch any of the Easter Eggs to the original series in Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Believe it or not, there’s 21 altogether. The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex site has the complete list. has a video of fan reactions from the first midnight showing.

Reviews and Wyatt Interview
Posted: August 4, 2011
Just one more day until Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits the screens here in North America, and the positive reviews are starting to come in.

Episode #28 of the Damn Good Movie Show podcast has an exclusive interview with Rise director Rupert Wyatt.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Premieres in Hollywood
Posted: July 28, 2011
James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis, and Tom Felton (and even Felton’s Harry Potter co-star, Rupert Grint) hit the red carpet in Hollywood last night at the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for the world premiere of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Naturally, there’s lots of news coverage from the event: MTV News, LA Times, CBS News, and USA Today, which offers a replay of the live stream of the event.

Finally, the first review has appeared online at To See? Or Not To See?

New Apes Prequel Comic – Free Online!
Posted: July 13, 2011
BOOM! Studios is posting a free Rise of the Planet of the Apes online prequel comic, by Daryl Gregory, Damian Couceiro, and Tony Parker, to set up events in the up-coming movie. New updates are added each week.

Our friends at Hasslein Books present an exclusive interview with author Daryl Gregory, where he discusses BOOM! Studios’ plans for their Apes comics.

New UK Trailer!
Posted: June 22, 2011
The Sun has posted the UK Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer. This is a much longer trailer than we’ve seen previously, that covers much of the plot (and is therefore spoiler-filled). Have to say, this is looking better and better.

Planet of the Apes Roundtable on The Chronic Rift Podcast
Posted: June 16, 2011
Last week I had the great pleasure of joining host John S. Drew and fellow guest Dayton Ward on The Chronic Rift Podcast for discussion of, Planet of the Apes. We covered most everything from the original films, the TV shows, why we all dislike the Tim Burton remake, and our hopes for the upcoming Conquest remake. We covered a lot of ground in one hour and could have easily talked for two.

The TV Series Episode Guide has been updated to includes the writers and director of each episode.

New Trailer!
Posted: June 3, 2011
Yahoo Movies (what, no Apple?) has posted a new, more complete Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer! This one gives a much clearer scope of the story, and shows a lot more of the apes in action. It's a great trailer, and while the apes look amazing, they still look... not quite real.

Alamo Drafthouse Recap: ‘Day of the Apes’ Event
Posted: June 1, 2011
Fandango’s Movie Blog has a nice recap of Alamo Drafthouse’s recent Planet of the Apes Marathon. Their blogger provides a few details of the event, then appraises each film and lists them in chronological order (NOT the order of release). Certainly brought back fond college memories, when some friends and I had our own Apes spur-of-the-moment marathon. We started in the evening with a room full of people, but were only down to about five when Battle finished the next morning.

The Trailer Is Here!
Posted: April 14, 2011
Apple has posted the Rise of the Planet of the Apes trailer! You can also watch it right here. Those amazing four seconds come at the end. Have to say it looks pretty impressive.

For those of us that missed it, Livestream is repeating WETA Live: “Apes” Revealed event. It features concersations with Andy Serkis (Caesar), the visual effects guys from WETA (who also did Avatar, concept art, and a glimpse of the trailer.

We’ve Got a Logo, a (Really, Really Short) Clip, and More!
Posted: April 12, 2011
With the recent move to August 5, we figured quite correctly that things would start moving fast on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Fox has now released a logo and a four-second clip (that’s right, four seconds). While short, the clip is pretty awesome nonetheless.

For those of us that want to see more, WETA just announced that they are holding a streaming event on Facebook tomorrow. Nothing like advanced notice, eh?

And finally, Fox has launched the official website with the new title to go along with the official website with the old title.

Apes Gets Yet Another Title Change
Posted: April 7, 2011
Who can keep up with these titles? First it was Caesar, then Caesar: Rise of the Apes, and then just Rise of the Apes. Now, according to Dark Horizons Fox has changed the title again to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Have to say though, we like it. Just as Fox intended, it brings it in line with the whole series. Let’s hope this is the last one.

/Film reports that we should see a trailer next week, on April 15. Let’s hope that’s the case!

Apes Move Back to Summer!
Posted: March 23, 2011
Looks like we won’t have to wait until Thanksgiving after all. Dark Horizons reports that Fox has shifted Rise of the Planet of the Apes again, now to August 5. That means they’re going to have to get on the stick marketing wise, so things should ramp up pretty quickly.

First Official Photo from Rise of the Apes!
Posted: February 25, 2011
Fox has released the first official on-set photo from Rise of the Apes, which you can see courtesy of FilmoFilia. Not much to look at just yet – it just shows James Franco sitting in a lab, presumably looking at a computer screen, wearing the biggest phone headset I've ever seen in my life. Naturally, the unofficial photos that appeared previously are a lot better.

ClevverMovies chimes in on this one as well:

Apes Won’t Rise Until Thanksgiving
Posted: January 16, 2011
Dark Horizons reports that Fox, in a big schedule shuffle, has delayed Rise of the Apes from June 24 to November 23.

Franco talks to MTV News
Posted: October 21, 2010
James Franco talked to MTV News about Rise of the Apes, which he describes as more of a “Frankenstein story.” Hmmm...

First Promo Art for Rise of the Apes?
Posted: October 11, 2010
Ain’t It Cool News has posted an interesting piece of artwork from the set of Caesar: Rise of the Apes. It’s a thank-you card from the Props Department, with a very interesting logo (totally different from what we've already seen). I especially like the monkey and banana "signatures" at the bottom. It will be interesting to see how this compares with the final artwork.

Rise of the Apes On-Set Photos!
Posted: July 12, 2010
Someone named “Alex” has posted a nice collection of on-set photos from Rise of the Apes. You can see pics of Franco and Pinto in costumed (everyday clothes), plus Andy Serkis and some other guy in their mocap suits. An interesting bit of detail is that the other guy, who's leotard is labeled “Caesar,” is wearing arm extenders in what appears to be a scene where he's running loose in San Francisco. In the other photo of Serkis, he’s not wearing the extenders. Also, there's a logo for the fim, done in the tradition of the originals.

Draco Malfoy and Some Other Guy Join Apes
Posted: July 17, 2010
Dark Horizons reports, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting and Variety (talk about two different sources), that Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter) and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland) have joined the cast of Apes. Nice to see Felton moving on from Harry Potter. Let's hope this is a good start for him.

Brian Cox Joins Rise of the Apes!
Posted: July 12, 2010
The Amazing Brian Cox, one of my favorite actors, has now joined Rise of the Apes as the head bad guy (no surprise), according to The Wrap. Cox hit my fave list on the day I finally realized that several amazingling different characters in different movies were all played by the same guy. The man is a human chameleon.

King Kong Playing Caesar!
Posted: June 30, 2010
Not sure if this is a promotion or a demotion, but Andy Serkis, who played the title role in King Kong (not to mention Gollum in Lord of the Rings, has been hired to play Caesar in Rise of the Apes. Having played Kong, the king of all apes, he's certainly got the experience. Who else was WETA going to hire?

John Lithgow Joins Apes, Pinto Now Official
Posted: June 22, 2010
The Hollywood Reporter, er... reports that John Lithgow and Freida Pinto are now both on board Rise of the Apes, and gives another hint to the plot. Seems Lithgow (where has he been?) will be playing Franco's Alzheimer's-stricken father and Pinto a primatologist. No mention of Cheadle, though.

So, PotA Was Wrong About the Future?
Posted: June 20, 2010
Geekosystem ranks the original (what else?) Planet of the Apes #4 on their list of 10 Works of Retrofuturist Fiction That Were Wrong. Of course we're not going to have Ape overlords. Everyone knows it's the robots that are going to take over.

Slumdog and War Machine Joining Apes?
Posted: June 17, 2010
Bloody Disgusting reports that Frida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2), are now in talks to join James Franco in Rise of the Apes. Have to say this is looking interesting, though I have no idea why Bloody Disgusting is reporting on PotA.

ClevverMovies chimes in as well:

James Franco to Star in Rise of the Apes?
Posted: May 20, 2010
According to, Fox is now in talks with James Franco to star in the Conquest Remake, Rise of the Apes. Production is supposed to start in July, so we should be getting a lot of cast announcements soon.

Release Date and... CGI Apes?
Posted: May 7, 2010
Fox has given Rise of the Apes a release date of June 24, 2011, and announced that instead of using make-up, the apes will be done in CGI. They couldn't hire Rick Baker again? His work was one of the only good things about the Tim Burton remake. Still, it's WETA, so we’ll keep an open mind. Got to love the photo in this article. I believe that’s our good friends over at Apemania.

Prequel to Begin Filming in July
Posted: April 20, 2010
Production Weekly reported via Twitter that the Conquest-Remake/Prequel Caesar is set to start filming mid-July in Canada (more run-away production). Though I like the possibilities of remaking Conquest, I'm not real crazy about the Alzheimers cure plotline, which is something they toyed with in previous drafts (back when Ahnuld was slated to star) of what eventually became the Tim Burton remake.

Conquest Remake/Prequel Plot Details!
Posted: March 13, 2010
The good folks at CHUD have scored again! They just posted a complete plot synopsis of the Conquest Remake, now called Caesar: Rise of the Apes. Still hanging with the genetic thing from the previous attempt at remaking Planet, but this one tips its hat toward the original series far more than the Tim Burton version.

Apes Remake/Prequel Movie Gets a Director
Posted: March 12, 2010
We thought this thing was dead (or at least really stuck deep in the pits of Development Hell), but according to, the latest attempt at a new Apes movie seems to have gotten a director in Rupert Wyatt. No, I never heard of him, either.

Scott Frank Escapes the Planet of the Apes
Posted: January 8, 2010
Well, it looks like Scott Frank is no longer attached to the Conquest Remake. The good folks over at CHUD have once again caught up with Frank and gotten the straight scoop.

Scott Frank Hired for Conquest Remake
Posted: December 1, 2008
CHUD caught up with writer/director Scott Frank, who's been hired to work on the Conquest Remake. Frank says it's not a remake of Conquest, even though it sure sounds like one.

Ricardo Montalban, 1920-2009
Posted: January 14, 2009
The man who will forever be remembered as Khan, Mr. Roarke, and kindly circus-owner Armando, has passed away at 88. Montalban made his mark many times over in the Sci-Fi genre: in addition to Escape and Conquest, he was in Fantasy Island, Spy Kids, Kim Possible, and one of the greatest sequels ever made (not to mention one of the best Sci-Fi films), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Apes Take Over Fox Movie Channel Thanksgiving Weekend
Posted: November 1, 2008
This Thanksgiving weekend, the apes are taking over Fox Movie Channel. “Channel of the Apes,” the four day tribute to the ground-breaking Planet of the Apes science-fiction franchise, includes the first five theatrical films, five television movies and the premiere of Fox Legacy: Planet of the Apes. Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30.

Charlton Heston, 1923-2008
Posted: April 6, 2008
Sadly, one of our greatest actors has passed away. Charlton Heston will always be remembered for his great film roles, from The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, Touch of Evil, Soylent Green, The Omega Man, and so many others. But he will always be Col. George Taylor to us. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

Battle Ranks #15 on Worst Sequel List
Posted: December 13, 2007
LINK: AOL's Moviephone site ranked Battle for the Planet of the Apes at #15 on their list of The 25 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time and Tim Burton's 2001 Planet of the Apes "re-imagining" at #20 on The 25 Worst Movie Remakes of All Time.

November 5, 2006:
LINK: Entertainment Weekly ranked Battle for the Planet of the Apes at #18 on their list of The 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made. Not surprising, but at least it did better than Episode I and Batman & Robin.

THANKS: We're less than a month away to the DVD release of Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut! Thanks again to everyone who participated in our letter-writing campaign. It was the never-ending fan interest that made this possible. Be sure to reserve our copy!

July 7, 2006:
SCROLLS: We pontificate on Hollywood's efforts to "re-create the Golden Age" of 30s and 40s pulps onscreen, from Indiana Jones, through The Shadow, The Rocketeer, and up to King Kong.

March 20, 2006:
About that email campaign... Well, we decided against it for a couple of reasons:
1) With the Ultimate Collection coming out March 28, we just didn't have time to put it together.
2) Fox is giving us (almost) everything we want. First off, the Ultimate Collection (and every release from now on) has the uncut version of Battle. In addition, Fox is also releasing just the films as a box set (The Legacy Collection), as well as individually, all with the uncut version of Battle. The only thing we're not getting is The Animated Series as a separate release and those still missing deleted scenes (though we can nix Battle from that list).

LINK: Check out Fox's website for the new DVD release. Nice look, but it's only one page.

LINK: Check out Heston of the Apes, the best fan edit since our Twilight Zone episode. It's Planet, with only Heston's speaking parts. Like going to a party with a great host, but he never shuts up.

LINK: Check out WB's new excellent Year of Superman website to see how it's really done. The Franchise Trailer is excellent, and check the Home Video calendar to see the Donner Cut listed for Q4.

February 7, 2006:
LINK: Sign the online petition to get Fox to release Battle uncut!

In similar news, we're putting together a letter campaign (like we did for Superman II) regarding "The Ultimate Collection" DVDs, which are missing deleted footage from Battle, Conquest, and more. Stay tuned for details, because we have to act fast on this one.

February 1, 2006:
Fantastic News: Thanks to all of our efforts, WB is releasing Superman II: The Donner Cut on DVD later this year, as part of Superman: Ultimate Collector's Edition!

More Good News: Fox is releasing Planet of the Apes: The Ultimate Collection on DVD this year, which not only contains all five original films and the Tim Burton film, but also the TV series and, for the first time ever, the Animated Series. No word yet on those deleted scenes, but we're checking on it.

LINK: The Digital Cinema has a great review of the previous full DVD release, Planet of the Apes: The Evolution, and rightly points out some of the items that should have been included.

LINK: Check out Only Midnight on Their first CD, "The Answer," is coming this Spring.

November 1, 2005:
Premiere Magazine ranked Planet of the Apes' ending #18 as one of 25 Most Shocking Moments in Movie History. They put it ahead of Jaws (24), The Sixth Sense (22), and The Shining (20), and behind Empire Strikes Back (17), The Godfather (14), Deliverance (7), Bonnie and Clyde (5), Psycho (4), Alien (3), and Public Enemy (2). Good company indeed.

July 15, 2005:
Uber-Cool News: See Planet of the Apes in the actual Forbidden Zone!
In 2005, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is setting out on a 6000 mile, 21 day journey, across the west for the Rolling Roadshow Tour. They will be screening 12 famous films in their original shooting locations, chosen specifically to intensify the viewing experience. When Charlton Heston crash lands at the beginning of PLANET OF THE APES, it isnít an alien planet as it first appears, itís the good olí USA; Lake Powell, Utah/Arizona to be specific. Planet of the Apes is screening Friday, August 24, in a natural amphitheater. See their website for all the details.

SCROLLS: Global Frequency and Superman II are changing the entertainment world, whether they want it to change or not.

June 23, 2005:
Fun News: Charlton Heston's immortal line from Planet of the Apes, "Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape," scored in at #66 on AFI's list of top 100 movie quotes. One of only two quotes that have a swear word in it (the top quote, from Gone With the Wind, has the same word). Our man Chuck also came in at #77 with "Soylent Green is people!"

November 19, 2004:
LINKS: We've updated our links page to include a POTA Discussion Group on Yahoo.

Are you a frood who knows where his towel is? Then check out our revised version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy teaser trailer.

August 26, 2004:
Yes, this is the place where you can find the Twilight Zone/Planet of the Apes video everyone's been telling you about. We're looking for anyone who can help with a mirror and folks to buy something from Amazon to help us cover the extra bandwidth.

June 23, 2004:
Many thanks to everyone who joined our Superman II campaign. If we get any new on the results, we'll post it on the page. Again, thanks to everyone who sent their letters in.
UPDATE: Warner Bros. responds! See the campaign page.

June 18, 2004:
SUPERMAN II CAMPAIGN: Get your letters ready! We mail tomorrow!

LINKS: We've updated our links page with two new sites: Hunter Goatley's incredible Planet of the Apes page with a multimedia collection you won't believe, and Star Wars Ruined My Life, a site that's launching their own campaign to get the actual original trilogy released on DVD (not just the "tinkered-even-more" Special Editions, which is what Lucas is releasing this Fall).

June 15, 2004:
SACRED SCROLLS: Why won't Disney let anyone in the United States see Song of the South?

May 31, 2004:
As a special thanks to everyone who has joined and is helping to spread the word about our Superman II campaign, we've posted the original Seinfeld & Superman American Express Commercial from 1998.

May 11, 2004:
We've updated the site with a whole new look. Please pardon our dust as we iron out any kinks that we may have missed in reformatting everything. The one bad thing about the site getting as big as it has is that it takes a lot longer to update look of it. We've re-organized the sections and changed the menu system a bit, so hopefully it will be easier to find things.

April 30, 2004:
Continuing with our Superman II campaign, we've added a couple of photos and video clips from two of Richard Donner's missing scenes, plus quotes from Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder.

April 13, 2004:
Our Superman II campaign has made the national media! Check out the April 9 issue of Entertainment Weekly for a short blurb about our cause (Pg. 71, in the box about the Matrix).

March 20, 2004:
Help restore Superman II! Join our campaign on June 19, 2004. Help convince Warner Bros. to let Richard Donner finish his movie. Click the link or the above banner for all the details.

February 11, 2004:
The SCI FI Channel is airing a President's Day marathon of the Planet of the Apes TV series, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET/PT.

January 22, 2004:
VIDEO: We've added production notes to our exclusive Twilight Zone "re-imagining" video download.

SACRED SCROLLS: The Forbidden Zone weighs in on the movie piracy issue, with a look back at where movie piracy really began... in the early 1900s with the men who built Hollywood.

November 23, 2003:

Now available in our VIDEO section: Planet of the Apes "re-imagined" as an episode of The Twilight Zone. Why? Both were written by Rod Serling!

LINKS: We've updated our Links page.

October 11, 2003:
MOVIES: We've finally added the 2001 Planet of the Apes "re-imagining" to the our roster of films.

JULY 16, 2003:
LOST APES: We've added QuickTime clips of the deleted scenes (featured in the Extended Cut) from Battle for the Planet of the Apes.

April 19, 2003:
NEWS UPDATE: Fox Movie Channel is hosting a Planet of the Apes Sweepstakes Monday through Friday, April 21 through April 25. They're giving away DVDs, books and more. Plus, they showing the EXTENDED CUT of Battle for the Planet of the Apes again on Friday, April 25, at 8:00pm!

March 13, 2003
BIBLIOGRAPHY: HarperCollins launches a new series of Apes paperback books by William T. Quick, author of the Burton film novelization.

February 18, 2003
TV: Complete video clip of "Stop the Planet of the Apes -- I Want to Get Off!" You can also find it on our Simpsons page.

January 17, 2003
NEWS UPDATE: According to The Fox Movie Channel, "the first time the Extended Cut of BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES will air will be during our PLANET OF THE APES Superbowl Marathon on January 25th. It will be regularly worked into the schedule after that."

December 18, 2002
BREAKING NEWS: In celebration of POTA's 35 anniversary, The Fox Movie Channel is hosting a Planet of the Apes Marathon all through January! They're showing all five original films, the TV Series movies, and more.

And to top it all off, the Fox Movie Channel is showing the EXTENDED CUT of BATTLE because THE FORBIDDEN ZONE asked for it! This rare cut of the film is NOT available on video or DVD and has only been released on laserdisc in Japan. But now, thanks to this website, it's going to be seen on The Fox Movie Channel!

September 29, 2002
NEWS: Sadly, we have three more obituaries to report for former Apes cast-members. James Gregory (Beneath), Jeff Corey (Beneath), and Ron Soble (TV Series) have all passed away recently. Our hearts are with their families as well. They will be greatly missed.

September 11, 2002
A lot has happened since our last update, which was just before the Terrorist attacks of 9/11. Our hearts mourn with the rest of the nation as we reflect back on those horrible events and the true heroes that rose up to the challenge.

UPDATE: We've been working on an under-the-hood update to the site which, ironically, turned out to be a whole lot of busy work, in order to make it easier to update the site. Please be patient as we try to iron things out.

NEWS: We were saddened to learn that Kim Hunter died today. Not the type of news we were looking for to update the site, to say the least. Our hearts are with her family as well.

Of course, we would be remiss in not mentioning Charlton Heston's recent announcement that he has Alzheimer's disease.

September 6, 2001
NEWS: We learned, sadly, last week that make-up master and pioneer John Chambers past away last weekend. Our hearts are with his family. He will be sorely missed.

DVD NEWS: The TV Series is coming!

REMAKE NEWS: Apes is tearing up the foreign box-office, Tim Burton weighs in on a sequel, and Kevin Smith comes clean about his feud with Burton over the ending.

SACRED SCROLLS: Tim Burton wants you to shut up. He says you're weird, too.

August 8, 2001
REMAKE NEWS: Just when we thought the fun was over, it gets more interesting. We've got three different bits concerning the Remake, which do contain SPOILERS, but none of them are directly on the page. We don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen the film yet.

LINKS: We've added a couple more links to some great new Apes sites on the web.

SACRED SCROLLS: How come the Disney-MGM Studios is still only half a theme park?

PERIODICALS: EW explains how Burton made his Apes run.

August 2, 2001
REMAKE NEWS: Possibly our last bit of remake news, and it's a good one! Planet of the Apes (2001) scored the highest opening ever for a film on a non-holiday weekend. We knew those Apes were popular!

NOVA NEWS: This is a brand new page to our website. While Linda Harrison is renovating her official site, we're providing her some space to keep in touch with her fans.

CONTEST: The results are in! We've posted all the answers to our first-ever trivia contest. Thanks to everyone who entered and a big congrats to our winners!

MUSIC: We've added a new page where you can find the soundtracks to all of the Apes movies.

LINKS: We've added a couple more links to some great new Apes sites on the web.

NEWS: You release a new Apes movie and suddenly, it's all over the news. Get the latest right here.

PERIODICALS: We've got two new articles from Cinescape that profile Mark Wahlberg and compare the original Apes novel to both of the movies that have been made from it.

July 26, 2001
YOU FOUND US! NBCi is no longer offering free web space, so we were forced to find a new home. So, after five years, we figured it was high-time we had a place of our own! The tough part was finding a new URL (the ones we wanted were taken). Then NBCi stopped allowing uploads before we had the new address ready, so please tell all your Ape friends where we are. We're doing the best we can to spread the word. The good news is that since we FINALLY have a permanent address, if we ever move again, it will be seamless to our visitors. We've got a group of updates that were meant for last week and more to come! Enjoy the new movie!

REMAKE NEWS: Fox is sweating bullets as the release is less than two weeks away and the movie still isn't finished! Our source says not to worry, though. Plus, we've got the first Internet review of the film courtesy of AICN.

VIDEO: Download the International Trailer/TV Spot. It's shorter than the last trailer, but shows a lot more of the film.

LIBRARY: Linda Harrison was interviewed for the Globe, offering a few insights into the new film.

NEWS: Buck Wolf of reels off the honor roll of all the great actors who have appeared in the Apes movies and TV shows.

BOOKS: We've updated our Books page with all of the latest books being released in conjunction with the new film.

June 26, 2001
CONTEST: Oops! We goofed on one of our contest questions (#6), so that one won't count in the final tally, though we have now corrected it. That's what we get for not double-checking all of our facts. Keep those entries coming.

REMAKE NEWS: A little bit of scoopage concerning some possible reshoots, the twist-ending revealed (?) on another website (no spoilers here), where you can glimpse the POTA lunchboxes (seriously, we're not kidding), and Tim Burton actually getting creeped out.

June 5, 2001
CONTEST: We're giving away 10 copies of the original Planet of the Apes novel, by Pierre Boulle, courtesy of Del Rey (a division of Random House). All you have to do is answer a few questions...

REMAKE NEWS: We've got the details on Fox's latest promotion for the new film, and it involves GPS tracking hardware. First they pull the videos and DVDs of the original series, and now this. What the heck are those people smoking over there?

DVD NEWS: Fox dropped the ball on the Apes DVDs (no extras, and now no DVDs...), so Image Entertainment has stepped up to the plate a "Behind the PotA Special Edition" two-disc set!

LINKS: We've added a few new links on everything PotA.

APES COMICS: Dark Horse has launched their site for news Apes titles and movie tie-in!

April 25, 2001
UPDATE: Well, NBCi has been having some FTP problems, which is why it's taken us a week to update after the release of the WONDERFUL new trailer (which you can find on our Video page).

REMAKE NEWS: We've a smattering of tidbits on the new film, of course, most notably Tim Burton's recent comments about the "animal magnetism" on display. PLUS, we've finally uncovered the dastardly plot currently being perpetuated by dark, shadowy figures in smoke-filled rooms at Fox Marketing.

April 2, 2001
BOOKS: Check out the new and upcoming Apes titles hitting bookstores, including Joe Russo's long-awaited Planet of the Apes Revisited. You can order them right here and help support the Forbidden Zone.

SACRED SCROLLS: Superman fans unite! WB is giving us the shaft again with the Superman II DVD release (but rewarding us wonderfully with the Superman: The Movie DVD, go figure). We've got the contact info on to whom to write to complain (and thank them at the same time).

REMAKE NEWS: We've finally gotten caught up with a bunch of tidbits on Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, and filming in Washington, DC and Hawaii.

February 28-March 2, 2001
Celebrating Five Years! Yes, the Forbidden Zone has now been here five years. Hard to believe. In honor of our birthday, you get all the gifts:

PLANET OF THE APES (2001): Download the trailer for Tim Burton's new Planet of the Apes film! Just released on the web today. Perfect timing, huh?

REMAKE NEWS: The Official Website has launched! (Where else did you think you were going to get the Trailer?). Plus, news about Rick Baker being IN the movie, too.

NEW LOOK: Hope you like our new look. We felt it was time to expand and include the new Apes film in the banner above, and reorganize our pages a bit to make things easier to find (though, please pardon our dust if you run across any kinks...)

LOST APES: Want to see the missing footage from Battle for the Planet of the Apes? You can also find it on the Video page.

SCREENPLAYS: Finally! We've got the complete screenplay for Escape. Took us long enough to finish it. Also, we have our own fan script for a POTA 6, Stand-off on the Planet of the Apes.

PERIODICALS: We've added a TV Guide article from 1974 about the making of the Planet of the Apes TV Series.

FAQ: We've updated our FAQ on the entire Apes saga.

SACRED SCROLLS: A look back at five years of the Forbidden Zone.

February 22, 2001
Remake News: The Fox Marketing Machine is gearing up with more images from the movie. Plus, first glimpse of the 7-foot standee now appearing in theatres, and it looks like we'll all finally see the trailer on March 2! And, we've got the URL for the official website and have uncovered a mystery surrounding the video release website...

Book News: After sixteen years, Planet of the Apes Revisited is finally available for pre-order! Coming June, 2001!

February 14, 2001
Happy Valentines Day! As usual, we've got more news on the Remake, with news on the Remake trailer and the first batch of photos via Vanity Fair.

We've added a few Apes-related links to the Links page.

Once and for all, Natalie Trundy did NOT play Stewart in POTA, it was Dianne Stanley. We've got the proof with a great photo on her bio page (only trouble is, we don't know anything else about her).

In the News: Joey Travolta is working on a screen bio of Sal Mineo; Remake is a big hit at 2001 Toy Fair.

Pardon our dust while we work on a new look for our fifth anniversary (Feb. 29, a bit tricky being a leap year website). The full revamp should be ready by then, plus a few extra goodies to celebrate the occasion.

February 2-8, 2001
Another bundle of info, all about the Remake, of course: See some images from the film, the first of Mark Wahlberg and a way cool poster for marketing partners that describes the main characters and says the big F word, "Franchise."

January 30, 2001
Fox releases the first official photo from the new film. Also, more on Michael Clarke Duncan's injury, and the official plotline from Fox (don't worry, it was written by the marketing department, so it doesn't give away anything). It's all on the Remake page.

January 16-18, 2001
More test photos from the Remake have hit the web. Plus, we got our own confirmation on how the movie will look, and Army Archerd confirms that Heston is playing an Ape in the remake.

We've added another new Apes page to our Links page, this one dedicated to the Remake.

January 10-15, 2001
Finally! We now know that the Remake is TRULY a Tim Burton film: yes, that's right. Lisa Marie has officially joined the cast. Plus, a cool report on the set.

We've added a new Apes page to our Links page.

January 5-9, 2001
Have the first shots of the Apes in costume and full make-up hit the net? Check them out via the Remake page and see for yourself. Plus, the first report on merchandising, and is Clooney back in?

December 18-29, 2000
Well, it's been a good week folks. Lots of photos of the sets and costumes have popped up on the Net this past week, and we've got links to point you to them (gotta give credit where credit's due). Just go to the Remake page for a quick glimpse and to be pointed in the right directions.

Forbidden Zone Exclusive! Well, Dark Horizons beat us with the poster (and hat's off to 'em), but we've got a bigger, clearer version thanks to one of our loyal readers. That's right, just truck on over to the Remake page.

December 15, 2000
Of course, more Remake news, but now it's getting really interesting. We've got the first peak at the teaser poster and news about the teaser trailer coming soon (?). Plus, word from Clooney himself on whether or not he'll be in it.

November 22-30, 2000
You can pretty much bet that every update from now on will have Remake news.

November 9-16, 2000
As usual, more Remake news: A description of the set on the Sony lot, another great piece of cameo news, and unfortunate news about a death on the production.

October 31-November 2, 2000
What's this? Has Zanuck changed his mind? Interesting casting news on a couple of cameos in the Remake. Plus a bit of info about location shooting, which is supposed to start next week.

October 24-27, 2000
As usual, more Remake news. New release date announced.

A brief update on the status of the book Planet of the Apes Revisited is in the Library.

Minor updates to the FAQ.

October 11-14, 2000
You guessed it, more Remake news. This time about additional script polishing, Wahlberg's physique, and that dang title. Plus an added bit about Michael Clarke Duncan.

September 26, 2000
Latest updates on the Remake. Turns out that title isn't what a lot of people thought it was. Glad we didn't jump on it.

August 15, 2000
Rick Baker speaks out (a little) about Ape make-up.

August 7-11, 2000
We've got some odd news on the Remake, plus tidbits on the make-up and who's NOT in the cast.

Check out the IMDb's "Behind the Scenes" website for the DVD Release, Planet of the Apes: The Evolution.

Looks like the first fansite for the Remake has made it to the web. We've got the link on our Links page.

July 26-28, 2000:
More casting info on the Remake! More castmembers are confirmed! This is starting to get exciting...

Review excerpt on the Planet of the Apes DVD.

A Remake without Heston? We've got the names and addresses for where you can sound off.

June 29-30, 2000:
First castmember announced for the Remake! Anybody care to guess who won the role?

June 20-22, 2000:
Bad news for Heston on the Remake. Plus, more news on Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg taking over his role.

June 5-17, 2000:
Aloha! Some interesting news on the Remake.

Good news! The Beneath Soundtrack is finally available from Film Score Monthly. Thanks to all the tipsters who let us know (and apologies for being so slow in posting the info...)

More news on the Planet of the Apes DVD release coming in August! Thanks to all the tipsters who let us know about this, too!

May 3-5, 2000:
Hot news on the Remake, plus un update with a little more detail on how this particular item is shaking out.

March 20, 2000:
EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS on the Remake! You heard it here first!

March 10, 2000:
A few tidbits on the Remake.

March 6, 2000:
BREAKING NEWS: Fox finally to release the Apes Saga on DVD!

We've added another link to our Links page.

March 2, 2000
Remake non-news.

So much for Todd McFarlane's Gorilla World...

February 29, 2000
It's our birthday here at the Forbidden Zone, celebrating four years (or 1 year, depending on how you judge the Leap Year thing).

February 22-24, 2000
Finally, some news on the Apes Remake! You won't believe who Fox is talking to about directing... (Special thanks to everyone who informed us of the news as soon as it broke!)

A small update to the news on Todd McFarlane's Gorilla World.

We've added a couple of links to the Links Page.

January 19, 2000
News and images on the Planet of the Apes video game coming from Fox Interactive.

News on UPN's upcoming Gorilla World series from Todd McFarlane.

August 25, 1999
BREAKING NEWS: "Planet of the Apes Revisited" to be published! We've got the EXCLUSIVE scoop!

Sounds page is back up, with new sounds!

July 29, 1999
We've added a special treat on our Video page to celebrate all the new server space -- it's the Serta commercial featuring Cornelius.

July 23, 1999
Welcome to our new home! Please pardon any quirks you may run into while we get settled in. Now we've got more web space and don't have to deal with AOL's crummy FTP program, so the updates should be a little more frequent (provided we find new material). To celebrate our new location, we've got lots of new stuff.

New additions to the Library:
- Check out our Lost Apes page for missing movie scenes, unproduced TV episodes, and more.
- Check out our Simpsons page for images, sounds, and lyrics to the Planet of the Apes musical.

It's been a while, but we've finally heard some more Remake news!

We've added a few links to the Links Page.

New Column: Let's Ride the Movies!

Note: If you've sent us an Apes-related link and don't see it on our links page, please send it to us again. We've lost some of our past e-mails.

May 18, 1999
Finally, we've got the original Planet of the Apes screenplay in the Movies section!

Hot News! Fox Interactive is developing a Planet of the Apes PC game! Click here to get the news from E3, or click here to get an overview plus a few screen shots.

New screen captures of Linda Harrison in Cocoon are in the Photo Gallery.

We've added a few links to the Links Page.

Star Wars Producer Rick McCallum had some unkind words over the prospect of casting Charlton Heston as a Jedi Master. We think McCallum should learn a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

We've got Star Wars books and music galore at the Ape City Traders!

March 25, 1999
We've added a new section: Shop at the Ape City Traders for books, videos, and music.

More Remake news!

Our condolences to the families of Beneath novelist Michael Avallone, and Planet actor Paul Lambert. They will be missed.

March 11, 1999
More Remake news!

February 3, 1999
Welcome to the new site design! Please pardon our dust as we work out the kinks. We figured it was time for an overhaul, plus the new design allows content pages to load quicker.

More Remake news!

New in the Library: Apes Producer Mort Abrahams offers his thoughts on the remake in Monkey See, Monkey Don't.

New in the Library: From Comics Scene Magazine, Welcome Back to the Planet of the Apes.

January 12, 1999
More Remake news!

We've added more links to our Links page.

We were deeply saddened to hear about the death of Escape director Don Taylor. Click here to read more on Yahoo.

We were also concerned to hear that Charlton Heston has prostate cancer, but, fortunately, seems to be winning the battle. Click here to read more on Yahoo.

Just for the Record: We think Charlton Heston should have done the voice of God in Prince of Egypt. What a missed opportunity!

December 17, 1998
Hot Remake News: James Cameron is off the picture. It's a sad day for science-fiction fans...

November 25, 1998
More Remake News!

We've added more links to our Links page.

November 4, 1998 -- SPECIAL BULLETIN*
Please distribute this to everyone you know on Earth:

When John Glenn returns from space, everybody dress in Ape suits.

We have 6 days in which to bury the Statue of Liberty up to her head.


*Special thanks to whoever originated this E-mail message.

October 5, 1998 -- Special Update
We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Roddy McDowall this weekend. He will be greatly missed.

October 1, 1998
Interview with Linda Harrison! A Forbidden Zone Exclusive!

A brief update on Roddy McDowall.

Whatever happened to that book on the Apes saga, Planet of the Apes Revisited? We've got the straight scoop from author Joe Russo in our FAQ.

More Remake News!

September 21, 1998 -- Special Update
Roddy McDowall has terminal cancer. Click here for the reports from Variety.

Click Here for a tribute to Roddy McDowall.

Correction: In the last update of our FAQ, we incorrectly stated that Planet of the Apes won three Oscars. It actually received two nominations and one special award for make-up design.

September 16, 1998
New in the Library: Planet of the Apes celebrates it's 30th Anniversary with a bash in Hollywood. Exclusive Photos!

Meet Linda Harrison, Natalie Trundy, Jeff Corey, and Don Pedro Colley at the L.A. Comic Book and Sci-Fi Convention. Check out our new Appearances page for all the details.

New in the Library: Talking With... Charlton Heston from People Magazine.

More Remake News!

More updates to the FAQ.

September 2, 1998
We've updated the schedule for the Apes Marathon on AMC. It now covers the entire month of September, and also designates which showings are in Letterbox format (LB).

New in the Library: The article, "What Planet Are We On?" from AMC Magazine. Includes a sidebar on the Behind the Planet of the Apes documentary.

Check out AMC's new Apes-themed website!

Check out NewStream's RealAudio interview with Roddy McDowall.


August 26, 1998
Apes Marathon on AMC in September! We've got the complete schedule.

The new Apes Collection videos are now available from the Fox Store.

Check out the incredible new Apes website at Fox Home Video.

More Remake News!

We've added lots more Trivia.

We've made minor updates to the FAQ. Anytime you have a question about the Apes saga, be sure to check there first.


July 17, 1998
Hot News! Fox plans a special Apes 30th Anniversary video release! Plus, Apes Marathon on AMC!

Check out the new OFFICIAL Linda Harrison website, just added to the Links page.

With James Cameron on track to write and produce the Apes remake, we felt it was high-time to update the New Film page.

Are the hills coming back to life? The latest edition to the Sacred Scrolls ponders the question in "The Return of the Movie Musical?"


June 19, 1998
We've added Linda Harrison's address to the Fanmail Page.

Lots of new links are on the Links page.

Over 80 years, Hollywood still hasn't made a Tarzan movie that's faithful to the book. Yes, it's yet another addition to the Sacred Scrolls: "The Definitive Movie Has Not Yet Been Made."

We've revamped our Photo Gallery for faster loading and added a few new pictures.


May 29, 1998
Planet of the Apes: The Forbidden Zone is pleased to announce its association with You can now purchase Apes movies and Apes books directly through this website.

Check out the new books listed on the Books page.

We've updated the Apes TV Series page.

Meet Linda Harrison! She'll be appearing at the Rocky Autograph Picture Show in Anaheim, CA, on June 13.


May 15, 1998
Why remake Planet of the Apes? Read our commentary in the Sacred Scrolls (formerly Manifesto).

We've updated the Forbidden Zone FAQ. Be sure to look there first for all your Apes questions.

Check out the new books listed on the Books page.


November 6, 1997
New! Production Guide from Planet of the Apes screenplay in the Library.

Want your own Apes make-up kit? Check out the link for Scream Team on the Links page.


August 19, 1997
Finally! New film clips from Beneath the Planet of the Apes on the Video page.

"Holy Screwed Franchise, Batman!" It's another entry in our semi-regular column, Sacred Scrolls.