Fox Archives: 15 years ago…‘Planet of the Apes’ (2001)


The 2001 sci-fi action movie “Planet of the Apes,” produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox Film, was adapted from the 1968 classic of the same name. It was released in U.S. theaters on July 27, 2001, and went on to finish as one of the top 10 worldwide grossing movies of the year

The plot centers on astronaut Leo Davidson crashing his spacecraft on a strange planet where apes rule and humans are ruled.

The film starred Mark Wahlberg, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Clarke Duncan and Paul Giamatti. Tim Burton directed the movie, and the screenplay (adapted from Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel) was written by William Broyles Jr., Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal.

The Fox Archives is mandated to collect, catalog, preserve and make accessible the following assets of the 20th Century Fox studios: props, set decoration, photographs, art department and publicity materials from our film and television productions, and from the 20th Century Fox studio itself. We work primarily with internal Fox groups but also from time to time with outside organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.