The very first screenplay for Planet of the Apes, written by The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling, is coming to comics.  BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products are partnering on Planet of the Apes: Visionaries, an OGN adaptation of Serling’s screenplay by Dana Gould (The Simpsons) and Chad Lewis (Avengers Origins).  The book will be in stores in August. Paolo Rivera (Daredevil) provides the cover.

Sterling’s screenplay is radically different from the 1968 film based on Pierre Boulle’s French novel La Planete des singes.  Instead of the primitive Ape City depicted in the film, Serling imagined an erudite modern metropolis populated by well-dressed apes.

The release is part of BOOM! Studios' year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark film.  The Planet of the Apes franchise has been fertile territory for BOOM!, which has released new comics (see “'War for POTA' Prequel Comic Series”), collections (see “Classic 1970s 'Terror on the POTA' Returns”), and crossovers (see “Cinematic Apes Go Bananas in New Boom! Crossover,” “Take Your Stinking Paws Off My Crossover,” “'Tarzan on POTA,' 'Predator Vs. Judge Dredd Vs. Aliens'”) featuring characters from the Planet of the Apes cinematic universe.