“Ape”‘s Burton: tinkering nothing new

Director Tim Burton claims that reporters have made too much to-do over his last-minute fiddling with Planet of the Apes, set for release on Friday. “I mean, how is this news?” Burton told the Toronto Sun. “What person who’s working on a film isn’t, like, going crazy or working on it right to the end? Those last two weeks you’re wanting to kill yourself. They have to grab the film can from your clenched fist. What would be a lot more interesting would be if you found a filmmaker who says, ‘Great, I finished my movie and handed it to the studio two weeks before release. I’m going on vacation now.'” Producer Richard Zanuck also indicated that the deadline for completion had already passed before the reports appeared. “Once you get those last [scenes], you still have to duplicate [the movie] 4,000 times to have enough prints. That takes weeks,” he said.