Mon­key Trib­ble

Kirk and co meet the Apes in ba­nanas crossover

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Ear­lier this year, IDW Pub­lish­ing, known for its Star Trek comics, and Boom! Stu­dios, which li­censes Planet Of The Apes, an­nounced that they would be work­ing to­gether on the five- is­sue Star Trek/ Planet Of The Apes: The Prime Di­rec­tive se­ries, fea­tur­ing the orig­i­nal 1960s in­car­na­tions of each fran­chise. Is the world ready for Apes vs Klingons, or how about Shat­ner vs He­ston?

The en­vi­able task of writ­ing the plot fell to brothers Scott and David Tip­ton. “Star Trek had lots of dif­fer­ent ways to deal with time travel and al­ter­nate uni­verses,” ex­plains David on how the match- up oc­curs. “We’ve worked hard to make this crossover fit within the con­ti­nu­ity of both fran­chises – it’s not an imag­i­nary or ‘ what if’ story.” Scott adds that the Klingons are cen­tral to the plot, and re­veals when it is set. “It hap­pens be­tween the events of the first and sec­ond Apes movies,” he says, “and the Charl­ton He­ston Es­tate let us use his like­ness, so it’s him as Tay­lor in the same frame as Wil­liam Shat­ner’s Kirk, which takes it to another level.”

For Scott and David, the en­tire process has been a thrill. “Both fran­chises have very dif­fer­ent out­looks,” David adds. “Star Trek is op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture, but Planet Of The Apes is darker and more pes­simistic. Trek fo­cuses on man’s po­ten­tial, but Apes is about its flaws. Put the two to­gether, it’s in­ter­est­ing to see it play out.”

Star Trek/ Planet Of The Apes: The Pri­mate Di­rec­tive de­buts later this month.

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