NECA pulled back the curtain at the ongoing Toy Fair in New York their Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes action figure line.
Available summer 2014, the program will include a wide assortment of collectible products designed to excite audiences of all ages such as action figures, giftware, apparel, accessories and more.
The new product lines will be made available to coincide with the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and will incorporate characters and elements from both the classic movies as well as the newest installment. Items will feature fan-favorite characters Caesar, Koba, Maurice, Cornelius and the rest of the world’s most well-known primates.
“Dr. Zaius” and a Soldier Ape” from the original franchise. Zaius serves a dual role in Ape society, as Minister of Science in charge of advancing ape knowledge, and also as Chief Defender of the Faith. In the latter role, he has access to ancient scrolls and other information not given to the ape masses. – Wiki.
You’ll also see a few hairy gents from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, such as Koba, opening in theaters July 11. READ MORE
Have you given an offering to NECA yet? If not, show your appreciation to the toy gods by sacrifice someone (or just give them your money, they earned it).
Remember when McFarlane Toys used to give a shit about us? Yeah, then they started making sports figures and ignored us (just like the jocks in high school!) McFarlane is a traiter. NECA – and Director of Product Development Rank Falk – picked up the pieces and has been giving us everything we’ve ever wanted (except for a Ripley figure – but I know they’ve at least tried!).
After blowing my mind with NES 8-bit releases of Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) and RoboCop, NECA recently revealed Predator was next. With the Toy Fair hitting New York next month, the toy company revealed a full body shot of the 8-bit Predator, although I kind of wish they made Dutch from the cover, instead of the action alien creature. It will be available this coming May.
NECA also revealed the first two classic Planet of the Apes toys, “Dr. Zaius” and a Soldier Ape” from the original franchise. Zaius serves a dual role in Ape society, as Minister of Science in charge of advancing ape knowledge, and also as Chief Defender of the Faith. In the latter role, he has access to ancient scrolls and other information not given to the ape masses. – Wiki. Enjoy the pain master below! READ MORE
Planet of the Apes comes to life as NECA partners with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products for a new merchandise program based on the beloved franchise, which is set to include new products based on the upcoming film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as well as the classic movies.
Available summer 2014, the program will include a wide assortment of collectible products designed to excite audiences of all ages such as action figures, giftware, apparel, accessories and more. READ MORE
With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, already in post for release this summer, Fox is locking in a target release for the third film.
Fox tells Bloody Disgusting that the currently untitled third film will release on July 29, 2016.
Cloverfield and Let Me In‘s Matt Reeves, who directed Dawn, will return to the helm.
In the sequel, in theaters July 11, “A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.” READ MORE
Even before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, hits theaters, 20th Century Fox has already begun work on the third film.
Cloverfield‘s Matt Reeves, who helmed the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, will return to direct the third installment as well, the studio told Variety.
The third Planet of the Apes is currently untitled and Chernin Entertainment will return as producers.
The sequel, starring Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis and Gary Oldman, will open July 11. READ MORE
On October 30th in Detroit, MI, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a night of Music From The Films Of Tim Burton. It is a celebration of the music written and composed by Danny Elfman, from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Batman through Alice In Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Tickets are only $13 and can be purchased here.
A video describing how the event began and what to expect can be seen below. READ MORE
SuicideGirls, the wildly popular online alternative model website, is announcing the return of Blackheart Burlesque, which is back after a 6-year hiatus. The show toured throughout North America for five years in the early 2000′s, opening for Guns N Roses and Courtney Love. The tour this year begins in Cleveland, OH on October 11th and comes to an end December 5th in New Orleans, LA.
The show will feature choreography from Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked with artists such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga. Performances and stripteases will poke fun at Kill Bill, Game Of Thrones, The Big Lebowski, Planet Of The Apes, Dr. Who, and more.
The full touring schedule can be seen below. Tickets are currently on sale here. READ MORE
NECA, who has been on fire this San Diego Comic-Con, had a little clarity as to what’s coming in the next year – most of which we’ll probably see prototypes by the 2014 New York Toy Fair.
In addition to landing the Godzilla line, and the possibility of a NEW Freddy Krueger on the horizon, NECA also revealed they had landed rights to do toys based on Planet of the Apes, but offered no explanation as to what exactly they were doing.
Some clarity came in via twitter, as it was explained that they “have the Apes license for both modern & classic” and are “planning on doing a lot with it. [It was a] fave since childhood.” So Apes fan expect a line featuring toys from Twentieth Century Fox’s forthcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and its predecessor Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as well as the Charlton Heston starrer Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). AWESOME.
In other news, NECA plans to continue the Alien universe with 35th Anniversary figures based on Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic. NECA revealed that they’re developing Dallas (Tom Skerritt) in spacesuit (above), as well as the cat Jones (nicknamed “Jonesy” by the crew). They’re also building out the Aliens line with Bishop and the big, bad Queen! Life. Is. Good. If only Sigourney Weaver would allow them to make Ripley… READ MORE
20th Century Fox unveiled a new, very short, comic called “Before the Dawn”, which functions as an online prequel to next year’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film. Not much is known about the comic, if it will continue, or if they will be released in print form, but check it out here. READ MORE
@NECA_TOYS wants toy fans to “Go Ape!”
Although more details are forthcoming, toy company NECA wasted no time creating massive Comic-Con buzz mere hours before the doors open.
Wednesday morning, the company sent a tweet to the masses with the following image teasing a brand new Planet of the Apes figure line.
As of this writing it’s unclear if it’s for Twentieth Century Fox’s forthcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and its predecessor Rise of the Planet of the Apes, or for the franchises original saga. The image, though, implies we’ll be seeing action figures based on the 1960′s-70′s franchise, including the Charlton Heston starrer Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973).
More as the Comic-Con opens. READ MORE
Celebrate the end of the world with a beat by Nine Inch Nails and a supercut of 38 end of the world movies! It was nice knowing you all and we hope that we’ll see you in the next life, whatever that is. Long live horror!
Wanna know what movies are includes? Well, here you go!
2012, Armageddon, Deep Impact, The Rapture, The Day After Tomorrow, The Road, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Independence Day, Children of Men, The Matrix, Blindness, Day of the Dead, 28 Weeks Later, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, The Day After, Last Night, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Kaboom, A Boy & His Dog, Delicatessen, I Am Legend, Planet of the Apes, Resident Evil, Night of the Living Dead, Miracle Mile, Save The Green Planet, Vanishing on 7th Street, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Knowing, Zombieland, Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Sunshine, The Quiet Earth, WALL·E, On the Beach and Melancholia. READ MORE
If Rise of the Planet of the Apes wasn’t sweet enough, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes just kicked it up a notch.
Cloverfield and Let Me In helmer Matt Reeves has (correctly) been set to direct Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the 20th Century Fox sequel to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, reports Deadline. Reeves was atop the list to replace Rupert Wyatt, and the other names I’d heard were in contention were The Disappearance Of Alice Creed helmer J Blakeson, 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols, Pacific Rim helmer Guillermo del Toro, The Impossible helmer Juan Antonio Bayona and Looper helmer Rian Johnson.
Fox production president Emma Watts was in a spot when Wyatt exited (which Deadline revealed September 17), but they’ve gotten a good director here in Reeves, who last helmed the remake Let Me In. Reeves was also attached to helm The Twilight Zone movie at Warner Bros, as well as This Dark Endeavor, with Mean Creek writer/helmer Jacob Aaron Estes writing the script for Summit Entertainment. The studio fully expects to stay on track and make the May 23, 2014 release date that Fox announced in May.
Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver already turned in a script that is much liked by the studio and the film’s producer, Chernin Entertainment. It’s a natural extension of the first film, which grossed $483 million worldwide and seamlessly set up the apocalyptic sequel plotline.
Earlier today Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves exited Warner Bros.’ The Twilight Zone project. Now we may know why…
20th Century Fox has come up with a short list to replace Rupert Wyatt as the director of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Deadline reports that Reeves is atop the list, along with The Disappearance Of Alice Creed helmer J Blakeson, 28 Weeks Later‘ Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Crazy Heart and Mud director Jeff Nichols, Pacific Rim helmer Guillermo del Toro, The Impossible helmer Juan Antonio Bayona and Looper helmer Rian Johnson.
Those directors will be meeting with Fox production president Emma Watts to fill the plum post that Wyatt exited. Wyatt is said to have been uncomfortable about making the May 23, 2014 release date that the studio announced in May.
Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant) is set to start monkeying around with the script for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 2 any day now. An initial draft was written by the writers of last year’s film, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. I actually think this is a great choice. Burns is a great writer who not only knows his diseases (something pointed out in the THR article), but can juggle multiple and complex storylines.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Scott Z. Burns has been tapped to work on Fox’s sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Chernin Entertainment is producing.”
The new film, “continues the story set forth in last year’s critical and commercial hit movie featuring simians that are given human intelligence and subsequently break out of their facility. At the same time, a virus breaks out that causes the collapse of human society. The new project is taking the story to the next level, with the apes on the path to emerge as society’s new rulers.”
Director Rupert Wyatt and mo-cap superstar Andy Serkis were previously announced to return.
Things are about to hit critical mass within the pages of BOOM! Studios’ “PLANET OF THE APES”. For months the tension has been building within the pages of Daryl Gregory’s well scribed yarn based upon the titular series, and beyond the break you can check out a 6 page preview! Read on for the skinny…
With the recent theatrical success of “RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” it looks as if the franchise is in fact quite healthy despite Tim Burton’s efforts. Not to be forgotten about, BOOM! Studios will be celebrating the hype behind the franchise by giving readers a chance to get caught up on the series by saving YOU some money. That’s a win-win Charlie Sheen, and this Wednesday you can pick up the fifth issue of Daryl Gregory’s “PLANET OF THE APES” monthly for just $1, and the trade paper-back of the series’ first 4 issues for just $10s. So pound your chests, and stop shaving boys and girls, because beyond the break we have a look inside the madness. Read on for the skinny…
As the hype for this Summer’s all new primate powered blockbuster hits new heights as we are just a few short weeks away from the title’s release, BOOM! Studios is bringing “PLANET OF THE APES” fans an all new issue of their monthly, to try and stop them from going on a child eating, B&E making, Gnoming spree the likes of which we have never seen. Okay…that last part may have been made up…but hey, inside we have a 6 page preview…Read on for the skinny…
The jury is still out on whether or not this Summer’s big screen return to the “PLANET OF THE APES” will live up to the memory of the classic 1968 original, but thanks to publisher BOOM! Studios fans can at least rest easy knowing that they have one worthwhile outlet. The title is all geared up to release its third issue this Wednesday, and if you make the jump you can check out a 6 page preview. Read on for the skinny…
Break out your bananas and get ready for some more human on ape action this Wednesday, because publisher BOOM! Studios is again gearing up to bring readers another action packed installment of their “PLANET OF THE APES” monthly with issue #2. For those of you who missed your chance to jump into the action with issue #1, now is your chance to get in while you can still figure out what the heck is going on, and beyond the break you can even get yourselves a 6 page preview of the book to get you started. Read on for the skinny…
Already having one runaway sellout under their belts this year (“HELLRAISER” Issue #1), BOOM! Studios appears to be turning the heat up on the competition this year as they will be releasing another sure-fire hit later this month with the debut issue of their all new “PLANET OF THE APES” monthly. Inside you can check out another variant cover and a 5 page preview before the book hits shelves on the 27th. Read on for the skinny…
As BOOM! Studios continues to build itself as one of the top players in the industry with its list of franchised titles, the team could do little worse than adding “PLANET OF THE APES” to their repertoire. The newly announced series will begin this April, and below you can get all the details on the series (so far) as well as 2 covers for the series. Read on for the skinny.
WRITTEN BY: Daryl Gregory
ILLUSTRATIONS AND COVERS BY: Carlos Magno
COVERS BY: Karl Richardson and Chad Hardin.
“Get your hands on these damn dirty Apes! Beginning an all-new series that takes place before the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie in the continuity of the first five films! Ape society has reached a new golden age. But there are ripples of dissent in both the ape and human ranks. Tensions will rise and soon all will be caught in chaos! And amidst all this uncertainty, what is the fate of The Lawgiver?”
“PLANET OF THE APES” Issue #1 Drops In April From BOOM! Studios! (MSRP-$3.99) READ MORE