As a general notion, I can’t stand remakes/reboots – they are essentially this green/recycling approach to filmmaking and storytelling – because we are apparently running out of imagination and new ideas. I will also say that my disdain for remakes is in big part due to the flood of remakes in Hollywood right now. If there were not so many of them, I probably would not hate them so much. Yep, I said “hate”.
What reboots really are is just a cheap way to capitalize on some previous films success – as if the first version of the film’s success was purely based on the title and concept of the film – not because the writer/director/best boy/gaffer/story boarder/grips from the first film did a really good job. And in the comic book industry, it happens in a much more subtle way – essentially telling the same story over and over again – I mean, come on, really, how many times has Jean Grey really died?
But what about prequels and sequels? Aren’t they also capitalizing on a previous film’s success. Sure. But they are also what they call in the biz, new scripts – at least the better ones are. As long as it’s done well, I see nothing wrong with continuing the legacy of a franchise. Again, the caveat here is that it must be done well, at least as well as the previous film. I also think that good storytelling opens up the potential for new stories that can be told in the same universe. And Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes is certainly proof of this potential.
As a kid, I was a huge Planet of the Apes fan. I didn’t get the science fiction complexity of it. I did not understand the sociological commentary, I just thought that it was cool that there was a planet somewhere that had apes in charge instead of humans. The creators of Planet of the Apes created this huge world for me. And Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes continues it for me. Well, kinda. They tell a very interesting tale before the the story of the first film, leading us up to some of what we see in the movie. It’s fun and shows us the potential for film legacies to be crafted in a new and cheaper medium. I’m excited to read more Planet of the Apes comics as an adult, when I can understand the complexity of the tale and not just re-watch the original film series over and over and over again.