ROD SERLING's Unproduced PLANET OF THE APES Film Gets Second Life As A Comic Book In 2018

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In the 1960s, The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling was hired to write a movie based on the hit prose novel Planet of the Apes. That movie was never made, but Serling's vision is finally seeing the light of day in a new comic book adaptation from BOOM! titled Planet of the Apes: Visionaries, according to Heat Vision.

Actor/comedian Dana Gould is adapting Serling's screenplay for this comic book miniseries, also utilizing concept art and make-up tests from the eventual 1968 film as a guide. Artist Chad Lewis has been tapped to illustrate the book.

"As someone who knows the original films by heart, I’m honored to present Rod Serling's original vision to the public," Gould said. "It's the world you know, yet it's also very different - very political, very Rod Serling. For me, this is all about him."

Credit: Paolo Rivera (BOOM! Studios)

Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is part of a planned 50th anniversary celebration of the the original 1968 film by BOOM! Studios.

"I've been lucky to work on so many Planet of the Apes comics, from [those based on] the original 1968 film that started it all, to the modern movies, to the archives collecting the classic comics, so to be able to rediscover the world through the original imagination of Serling with Dana and Chad has been an incredible gift," said BOOM! editor Dafna Pleban. "I can't wait for fans to see what we have in store!"

Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is scheduled to debut in August. The publisher has not disclosed the length of the series.

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