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Planet of the Apes TimelineEdit
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- Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison and Kim Hunter agree to return for a second movie. Roddy McDowall is directing in London and is replaced by David Watson. James Gregory is cast as the villain Ursus and James Franciscus as the new lead after Burt Reynolds turns down the role.
- February 3: A version of the Planet of the Apes Revisited first draft screenplay with revisions is issued.
- Director Ted Post and stars James Franciscus and Charlton Heston all complain about the script, which Post called "horribly cliched". Franciscus and writer John Ryan, assisted by Post, spend a weekend rewriting much of the script, and present it to an angry Mort Abrahams, who nevertheless adds many of their ideas to the next script revision. Michael Wilson is approached about making script changes but cannot commit. Arch Oboler is said to have contributed an uncredited revision to the screenplay.
- Charlton Heston, still very reluctant about appearing, asks Richard D. Zanuck for a change to the ending of the movie so that everyone gets killed, including the heroes. Zanuck agrees and gives the order to writer Paul Dehn and director Ted Post. Post hates the new ending, calling it "cynical and pessimistic", and both he and James Franciscus plead for someone to survive the apocalypse.
- April 14th: John Chambers wins an honorary Academy Award for his work on Planet of the Apes - only the second person to be so honoured for makeup. Also nominated were Jerry Goldsmith ('Original Score') and Morton Haack ('Costume Design'), who lost respectively to John Barry (The Lion In Winter) and Danilo Donati (Romeo And Juliet).
- TOPPS issues a 66-card set of Planet of the Apes bubblegum cards. Sold at five cents a package, this is the first Apes merchandise to be released.
- Linda Harrison begins filming TV series Bracken's World the day after filming on Beneath the Planet of the Apes ends.