Friday, December 21, 2012
Planet of the Apes - The Greatest Treasure We Bury is Truth - J.D. Coughlan
NOTE: This takes place in movie continuity, a few years before Taylor's arrival.
Panel 1: A close-up of a black-and-white photograph of several smiling people in front of the Eiffel Tower; obviously tourists. An ape's hand holds the photo.
ZAIUS (O.P.): You have more like this?
Panel 2: Dr. Zaius' office, he is behind his desk, holding the photo. A young chimpanzee, Vertas, stands in front of him, barely containing his excitement.
VERTAS: Oh yes! Our dig uncovered hundreds like it, in some kind of... capsule. And they all say the same thing...
Panel 3: Close on Dr. Zaius. He holds his hand to his face, deep in serious thought.
VERTAS (O.P.): That once man was like ape.
Panel 4: Zaius is rising from his desk.
ZAIUS: And only you and your team know about this?
VERTAS: Absolutely. I know how revolutionary this could be for our society, so I came to you first, for guidance.
Panel 5: Zaius politely gestures for Vertas to leave.
ZAIUS: Wise, my boy. Now, return to your companions, and remain silent on this. I shall... prepare a speech for all apekind.
Panel 6: Vertas leaving, a smile on his face. Over his shoulder we see Zaius giving him a grim look.
VERTAS: You will make sure we get the proper credit, won't you, Doctor Zaius?
ZAIUS: Oh don't worry; you'll all get what you deserve.
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