Director Smith: Only kidding, Tim

Director Kevin Smith says he was only joking when he accused fellow director Tim Burton of stealing the ending of Planet of the Apes from one of his Jay and Silent Bob comic books. In a message posted on his View Askew Web site, Smith wrote, “Lest anyone think some sort of holy jihad is brewing betwixt me and the mighty Tim, I’d like to set the record straight here. I do not think the Planet of the Apes ending was stolen … nor am I thinking about taking anyone to court. I called the similarities (which I believe are simply coincidental) to the attention of my good friend Lou Lumenick [a New York Post film critic] and made a few jokey comments about being pissed and litigious that seem to have been taken seriously. This story has gotten way out of hand.”