July 27 in Sci-Fi History: This Planet Needed More Apes

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Jul 27, 2017

The question we all asked ourselves at the turn of the century was whether we needed a remake of Planet of the Apes. There was the 1968 original, after all.

And yet, on this day in 2001, there it was for all of us: the remake of Planet of the Apes.

Keep in mind that between 1968 and 1976, there were five different movies and two television series centering on this sort of thing.

They all sat dormant until Burton's came along, and by 2017 they've been ultra-franchised. The masks have evolved into Andy Serkis and a lot of griping about mo-cap acting abilities, but today in 2001 was when Pierre Boulle's original source material started making people insane amounts of money all over again.

Also, today is Maureen McGovern's birthday. Born in 1949, she sang "The Morning After," which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song (featured in 1973's The Poseidon Adventure). There are A LOT of compilations on YouTube, but …

Tomorrow: Oof, Waterworld.