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The original Rise of the Planet of the Apes ending has been revealed

Oct. 4, 2011by: George Merchan
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WARNING: MAJOR RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES SPOILERS AHEAD.

If you're like me, then you really dug this summer's surprisingly good RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, although perhaps you felt the ending was a bit too... nice. This is particularly true when you consider the endings of the original APES films from the 60s and 70s; endings that didn't shy away from being straight-up dark.

But RISE's finale wasn't always so uplifting. In a THR report about tight post-production schedules, Fox's president of post-production Ted Gagliano spills that James Franco's character was originally killed at the end of the film. Badass Digest's Devin Faraci expands on that with details from an early RISE screenplay:

"The original ending had Francos 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."

The ending we wound up getting was shot just a month prior to the release of the film, which is incredible considering the amount of CG work that needed to be completed in such a short time frame.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES' original ending will apparently be available on the forthcoming home video release.
Source: Badass Digest

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7:05PM on 10/04/2011
If the movie had no connection to the Planet of the Apes franchise, the theatrical ending would be fine. But considering that apes will after all conquare earth and mandkind, it was too light for me, and I was expected something like this original version.
(The spreading of the virus during the end credits was so subtle that I think many people have missed it)
If the movie had no connection to the Planet of the Apes franchise, the theatrical ending would be fine. But considering that apes will after all conquare earth and mandkind, it was too light for me, and I was expected something like this original version.
(The spreading of the virus during the end credits was so subtle that I think many people have missed it)
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11:35AM on 10/04/2011
Honestly, I prefer the theatrical run ending, I think it personifies what the apes wanted, more clearly. In my eyes at least. I do think it's friggin cool they're releasing the other ending though :)
Honestly, I prefer the theatrical run ending, I think it personifies what the apes wanted, more clearly. In my eyes at least. I do think it's friggin cool they're releasing the other ending though :)
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9:55AM on 10/04/2011
James Franco's characters should always be shot to death by armed humans. It should be his calling card, even in comedies and movies where firearms have yet to be invented.
James Franco's characters should always be shot to death by armed humans. It should be his calling card, even in comedies and movies where firearms have yet to be invented.
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9:50AM on 10/04/2011

would have been cool

but the one they did was fine. either ending sets up the sequel nicely. what do you guys think the sequel will be?
but the one they did was fine. either ending sets up the sequel nicely. what do you guys think the sequel will be?
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8:22AM on 10/04/2011
James Franco can't die...with all the shit he does for his career and in between. He even has WINGS!
James Franco can't die...with all the shit he does for his career and in between. He even has WINGS!
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7:29AM on 10/04/2011
I would have greatly preferred that ending over the one we ended up getting for the sake of potential sequels.
I would have greatly preferred that ending over the one we ended up getting for the sake of potential sequels.
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