Planet of the Apes: Evolution of Hollywood’s Iconic Franchise

The article discusses the enduring legacy of Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel “Planet of the Apes” and its impact on popular culture. The novel, which presented the idea of a world where apes dominate humans, tapped into deep human fears and fascinations. The 1968 film adaptation, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, became iconic for its groundbreaking makeup and special effects, as well as its surprise twist ending scripted by Rod Serling. Since then, the franchise has