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Franchise Detours

May 19, 2023

A full decade after director Tim Burton's "reimagining" of Planet of the Apes, the franchise seemed pretty much done. Hollywood turned its attention to other movie series, but after both Batman and Bond successfully relaunched by taking its iconic worlds back to basics, Fox ultimately took the same approach with one of its most successful brands of the past.

Film critic Nguyên Lê -- who previously joined us to talk 2005's Batman Begins -- returns to help us break down 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. We'll discuss the film's reception as one of that year's biggest surprise hits, how star Andy Serkis' motion-capture performance redefined the series, and how the film sets up a brand-new take on Planet of the Apes.

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