The Staggering ‘Planet Of The Apes’ Conclusion Crystallizes Our Finest Franchise

Giving birth to “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Fast and the Furious,” the 2000s signaled the of the planet of the -screen franchises. In the 2010s, the Avengers assembled, Mark Wahlberg picked up Shia LaBeouf’s “Transformers” gear, “Star Wars” returned to the galaxy (again), and the dawn of the planet of the franchises was actualized. As we march toward the 2020s, despite sales threatening record lows and many sequels underperforming , Hollywood’s major studios aren’t surrendering. They’ve staged a war for a planet overflowing with franchises. This weekend, we bid adieu to a series that quietly became the decade’s finest. (But who are we kidding? If we’ve learned anything from these tentpoles, it’ll be back.) The new “ Planet of the ” trilogy had no right to be this good. The original series from the 1960s and ’70s did not need installments, especially since Charlton Heston left after the third. Tim Burton’s reboot, in development Fox for 13 long , opened to shoddy results in 2001, a mere four screenwriting partners Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver began pitching seemed like another excessive retreading. And […]

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