The Planet

Legacy Panel at USC

Apes creatives discuss the legacy of a 50-year franchise

In an auditorium at the University of Southern California, seven of the creative minds responsible for the Planet of the Apes series, gathered on stage to discuss the fifty-year history of the franchise and its impact on filmmaking and popular culture.

For Andy Serkis, who portrays Caesar in the 2011-2017 Planet of the Apes trilogy, the journey to the Ape Planet did not begin with modern motion capture technology and green screens. In a special video shown prior to the discussion, Serkis explained what it was like for him to watch the 1968 original film for the first time. “I was enchanted,” he said, “terrified, and just completely mesmerized by apes on horseback dragging humans in nets.” Watch the rest of his message here:

Among a collection of personal stories and nostalgic moments, special guests and surprise appearances made for a truly memorable kick-off to USC’s semester-long 50th Anniversary celebration. Watch the full panel discussion here:

Panel speakers included: - Director William Creber, Planet of the Apes (1968) - Make-up artist Dan Striepeke, Planet of the Apes (1968) - Producer Dylan Clark, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - Director Rupert Wyatt, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) - Director Matt Reeves, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - Writer and Producer Rick Jaffa, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - VFX Supervisor Joe Letteri, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)