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The original Planet of the Apes is an all-time classic, but the beloved movie wasnā€™t the first crack at bringing Pierre Boulleā€™s work to the big screen. Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling wrote an early draft for the screenplay, featuring tons of moments that never made it into the final film. And now, his story is being used as the basis for a new comic.

Published by Boom Studios, Planet of the Apes: Visionaries will use Serlingā€™s original screenplayā€”which took the writer years to adapt from Boulleā€™s original novelā€”as well as early concept art for the 1968 movie, as its base to tell a new version of the story under the auspices of writer Dana Gould and artist Chad Lewis.

Paolo Riveraā€™s cover for the graphic novel already includes one major departure that Serlingā€™s screenplay had from the final film: Taylor (or, as he was named in Serlingā€™s script, Thomas) discovering a whole civilization of Apes in a pastiche of then-contemporary American life.

Image: Boom Studios. Planet of the Apes: Visionaries cover art by Paolo Rivera

According to Gould, the book will feel right at place with Serlingā€™s past genre work. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter:

As someone who knows the original films by heart, Iā€™m honored to present Rod Serlingā€™s original vision to the public. Itā€™s the world you know, yet itā€™s also very different; very political, very Rod Serling. For me, this is all about him.


Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is set to hit shelves this August, as part of Boomā€™s celebration of the franchiseā€™s 50th birthday.