Kirk and co meet the Apes in bananas crossover
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.