Husband-and-wife team John William Corrington & Joyce Hooper Corrington were the authors of the screenplay for Battle for the Planet of the Apes, based on a story by Paul Dehn. In fact, a first draft story outline submitted 4 September 1972, titled Epic of the Planet of the Apes and credited solely to the Corringtons, closely resembled the story that was filmed, while Dehn's The Battle for the Planet of the Apes story outline submitted 5 July 1972 had been a very different concept. The screenplay, finalised in December, used Dehn's title and credited him with 'original story' and the Corringtons with 'screenplay'.

John had a background in writing poetry and novels before he and his wife Joyce - both professors of English in New Orleans - moved on to movie screen-writing in the late 1960s. Among their screenplays were The Omega Man (1971), starring Charlton Heston - the second of his three classic sci-fi films, after Planet of the Apes (1968) and before Soylent Green (1973). In the late 1970s the Corringtons turned to writing for several soap-operas, which they continued up until John's death in 1988.

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