In my humble opinion, Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the best, if not THE best film of the Summer Blockbuster season. Man, I loved it, and if you wanna know why, read my review.
I loved the whole film, and I suppose the end was good up until the final five minutes which were predictable, but ended the film nicely. However, news has surfaced today of a different ending, an ending I had actually expected while watching the film but something I thought would be far too downbeat for a big blockbuster. Sadly we don’t have the footage, although the original ending will be made available when the film arrives on DVD & Bluray. The ending we all saw was shot in just one month prior to the film’s release.
Tight schedules also caused the change in ending, and according to Fox’s president of post-production, Ted Gagliano, James Franco’s character was supposed to be shot and killed. Devin Faraci of Badass Digest explained in more detail how the shooting would happen:
“The original ending had Franco’s character being shot to death by armed humans who have chased the apes into the forest. The ape horde descends on the people and tears them to pieces, a reversal of the opening scene where Bright Eyes is captured in the jungle.”
Now that ending would have been amazing, don’t you think?
By Matt Wavish