A decorated Marine veteran, Broyles had established himself in the world of journalism before he moved into TV and films. After graduating from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and postgraduate stud...
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The Planet of the Apes franchise has a deep lineage of interesting writers penning different chapters about our future simian overlords. With the latest installment of the franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hitting theaters this Friday, we've decided to put the spotlight on the scribes that have brought the ape-ocalypse to life throughout the years.
Rod SterlingFilm: Planet of the ApesNotable Works: The Twilight ZoneRod Sterling was the creator of the legendary sci-fi anthology TV series The Twilight Zone, whose influences continue to touch every inch of modern sci-fi storytelling. Besides The Twilight Zone, Sterling has also written a number of films, including thrillers like The Yellow Canary and Seven Days in March. He also created another anthology series, Night Gallery, which featured stories focusing on horror, supernatural, and macabre elements.
Michael WilsonFilm: Planet of the ApesNotable Works: Lawrence of Arabia, It's a Wonderful Life, The Bridge on the River KwaiBesides co-writing the first entry of the Planet of the Apes franchise, Michael Wilson wrote an astounding number of cinematic classics, including Lawrence of Arabia, It's a Wonderful Life, and The Bridge on the River Kwai. If Wilson's credits weren't interesting enough, the writer was blacklisted from the Hollywood studio system after being accused of being a communist. During this time, he wrote a number of films overseas. One of which was Salt of the Earth, a film written, produced, and directed by filmmakers blacklisted by Hollywood during the McCarthy era.
Paul DehnFilms: Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the ApesNotable Works: Goldfinger, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Murder on the Orient ExpressPaul Dehn is the most prolific screenwriter of the franchise, penning scripts for four out of the five original films in the series. Outside of the Planet of the Apes franchise, Dehn has written several spy thrillers including the James Bond film Goldfinger and a film adaptation of John le Carre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. He also wrote the screenplay for Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
John William Corrington and Joyce Hooper CorringtonFilm: Battle for the Planet of the ApesNotable Works: The Omega Man, Boxcar Bertha, General HospitalThis married couple and screenwriting duo has lent its talents to five films over the years. Besides Battle for the Planet of the Apes, they also wrote the screenplay for Omega Man, another apocalyptic film starring Charlton Heston in the lead role, and Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha. The writing team is also known for their work on soap operas, having written for long-running soap staples like General Hospital and One Life to Live.
Lawrence Konner and Mark RosenthallFilm: Planet of the Apes (2001)Notable Works: Mona Lisa Smile, The Sorcerer ApprenticeLawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthall have worked together on a diverse number of projects including Mona Lisa Smile, Star Trek VI, and The Sorcerer Apprentice. They also, funnily enough, penned the script for Mighty Joe Young, another film about primates, but one with far fewer apocalyptic overtones. Lawrence Konner has also written for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire though without his writing partner.
William Broyles Jr.Film: Planet of the Apes (2001)Notable Works: Entrapment, Apollo 13, The Polar Express, Cast AwayWilliam Broyles Jr. is a bona fide A-list Hollywood screenwriter with numerous films under his belt including Jarhead, Unfaithful, The Polar Express, and Cast Away. His script for for Apollo 13 was nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver Film: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the ApesNotable Works: Avatar 3, Jurassic WorldMarried screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver had a handful of films under their belt, but the duo really broke out with their script for 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which revitalized the franchise and earned them a Saturn Award nomination for writing. Ever since, the pair have become a hot commodity for sci-fi blockbusters. Jaffa and Silver were hired to write the upcoming tent-pole films Jurassic World and Avatar 3.
With Paul Haggis penned the screenplay for the WWII drama, "Flags of Our Fathers" directed by Clint Eastwood
Appeared in documentary "Faces of the Enemy" (aired on PBS)
Served in US Marine Corps in Vietnam
Co-scripted "Unfaithful" starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere
Wrote TV miniseries "JFK: Reckless Youth"
Joined Newsweek as editor-in-chief; resigned in 1984
Contributed to script of the romantic thriller "Entrapment"
Adapted the screenplay for the Sam Mendes directed, "Jarhead"
Created, co-wrote and co-executive produced drama series "Under Cover" (ABC)
Co-created, co-wrote and co-executive produced the Vietnam War-set drama series "China Beach" (ABC)
Made feature screenwriting debut as co-writer of "Apollo 13"; earned an Oscar nomination
Penned the remake of "Planet of the Apes"
Founded Texas Monthly magazine
Made return trip to Vietnam; became basis of his 1986 book "Brothers in Arms: A Journey From War to Peace" (published in 1986)
A decorated Marine veteran, Broyles had established himself in the world of journalism before he moved into TV and films. After graduating from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and postgraduate studies at Oxford, he went on to become founding editor of <i>Texas Monthly</i> magazine. Under Broyles' stewardship, <i>Texas Monthly</i> received four National Magazine Awards and his success led to positions as editor-in-chief at <i>California</i> and <i>Newsweek</i>. He had also contributed articles to various publications including <i>Esquire, Atlantic Monthly</i> and <i>U.S. News and World Report</i>.<p> In 1984, Broyles made a return trip to Vietnam and recounted his experiences in the acclaimed book "Brothers in Arms: A Journey From War to Peace" (1986). He was interviewed in the documentary "Faces of the Enemy" (PBS, 1987), about the psychology of warfare. The following year, he and John Sacret Young co-created, co-wrote and co-executive produced the acclaimed series "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-91), which focused on the personnel at an evacuation hospital and USO Center as a US base at Da Nang. Broyles and Young followed with the less successful spy drama "Under Cover" (ABC, 1991). On his own, Broyles turned Patrick Hamilton's biography of the early life of John F Kennedy into the miniseries "JFK: Reckless Youth" (ABC, 1993). Segueing to the big screen, Broyles and Al Reinert adapted another memoir, Jim Lovell's "Dark Moon", for Ron Howard. "Apollo 13" (1995), recounting the doomed 1970 NASA mission, won critical praise and earned several Oscar nominations, including one for Broyles and Reinert's script.<p> The scriptwriter subsequently received screen credit (along with Ronald Bass) on the caper romance "Entrapment" (1999), which caused some controversy over the age difference in its leads Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Some critics carped about the film's wild plot and action sequences while others were more accepting because of the tone achieved by the screenplay and Jon Amiel's direction. Broyles fared much better with the "Cast Away" (2000), his reunion with "Apollo 13" star Tom Hanks. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, "Cast Away" featured Hanks in a tour de force as a Federal Express employee who survives a plane crash and washes up on a deserted island. Although there were obvious problems in the third act (when the man returns home after a four-year absence), "Cast Away" earned generally favorable reviews and proved to be a box-office smash. Broyles next teamed with another visionary director -- Tim Burton -- for the remake of "Planet of the Apes" (2001).
William D Broyles
born in December 1948
Married; mother of Broyles' two children; No longer together