It's nice to sometimes give the CGI guys a simple sphere to work on.
So it's basically the same movie and we should all feel dumb for paying to see it three to ten times now. If Abrams ever figures out a way to tie all this into the Cloverfield-verse we might as well ... aw, crap.
The Famous Planet Of The Apes Twist Was Recycled From A Twilight Zone Episode
Rod Serling was the genius behind The Twilight Zone, the TV show that spun strange stories about characters whose lives were so fucked, they don't even notice a cigarette-smoking intruder materialize in their living room to describe their plight.
But Serling also co-wrote the original Planet Of The Apes, and was likely responsible for the famous twist ending in which it's revealed that the titular planet is actually Earth, us maniacs blew it up, goddamn us. We can say this because not only was Sterling more synonymous with twists than Shyamalan, but it's also pretty clearly a plot point recycled from an episode of The Twilight Zone. Both the episode "I Shot An Arrow Into The Air" and Planet Of The Apes feature a bunch of astronauts seemingly crashing on an alien desert planet ...
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