DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and HATER

9780312608088 thumbThis post is really just a convoluted way of asking a pretty direct question, so please bear with me…

Summer’s definitely over now, and I’ve been looking back at some of the movies I managed to get to see. Without a doubt, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was the film I was looking forward to seeing most and, surprisingly, I thought it almost completely delivered.

It’ll serve little purpose if I review the movie this late in the day because I expect you’ve either a). already seen it and made up your own minds, or b). you’ve heard enough about it to know whether you want to see it or not. To summarise, though, it’s a technically stunning film with some great performances, an intense storyline, superb action scenes, and some of the most realistic animation you’re likely to see in a long time. I highly recommend it.

I’ve long been a fan of the APES movies. I’ve seen the original films countless number of times, and I’ve even managed to make it all the way through the abominable Tim Burton remake more than once. I was thinking about why I love the Apes concept so much when it struck me: it’s the same central conceit as zombies, isn’t it? Replace the apes with the undead, and you’ve got a very similar set-up. The apes are just another in a long line of variations on us versus them, and these movies work so well because of the increasingly thin line which separates one side from the other.

In fact, when I left the cinema after seeing DAWN, I couldn’t help thinking about HATER. With HATER, you could argue the only real difference between one side and the other is perspective. They’re pretty much otherwise indistinguishable from one another (unless you are a Hater, of course…).

Incredibly, it’s now seven long years since the HATER movie rights were first acquired, and although the cameras almost rolled back in 2009, there’s been very little movement on the project since then. But that might be about to change. I can’t say much at the moment (there’s not actually very much to say), but some positive initial discussions have been taking place with a view to getting HATER on the big screen.

So all this rambling finally leads me to my question. Seven years is a long time… do you still want to see a HATER movie? If so, what are your hopes and fears for the project? Personally, I think there’s never been a better time (as the success of our ape friends has illustrated), but what do you think? I’d really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to let me know.

And as soon as I have any definite news, I’ll post it here.

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  • Charlotte Robin Buchan

    I am looking forward to seeing it and I hope that the movie is well filmed and brings you great success. X

  • Claire Fanson

    I loved hater it was my first moody and it just spoke to me the way some books do, it was fresh and new. Id love to see a movie i dont think it will be easy to convey the emotions i felt in the book – i will wait in anticipation!

  • Larina Law

    I’d still love to see Hater become a movie! It would be great to see it on screen

  • Heather Lanfear Delvaux

    Yes!!! We still want a movie! I don’t think of Hater as a zombie series though.. its an awesome concept. Just somehow get it released in the US too please!! Id hate to miss out! Such a big fan!

  • James Cummings

    J. A. Bayona or a Scott Derrickson could possibly do it justice. Im affraid of it ending up like Insidious or other films that just fall flat(corny, punchy or just painfully, ill acted). I want it to be strong and not hurt the book series.

  • Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews

    I would LOVE to see the Hater movie.

  • Rebecca Encinas-Santana

    If Guillermo Del Toro is still planning on directing, I am so IN! I feel there are veey few directors that will stay true to the tone of the story and Guillermo is the main one. What scares me, is there is a possibility that the story will be glorified and it will be just another lacking originality. I’m OBSESSED with the books and the story but would hate to see it butchered.

  • Rebecca Encinas-Santana

    David Fincher or Ridley Scott would do amazing as well….

  • Michael Sanderson

    I would like to see Ben Wheatley at the helm.

  • John Parrish

    I would love a Hater movie,but not a Big Budget production, the bigger the production ,the bigger the stars,the more heart and soul of the story is lost,look at WWZ, an ok film,but not WWZ as we loved it, Dawn of the Apes was the movie for me this year,Koba will be back

  • Mikael Smith

    Very much love to see a hater movie! This needs to happen!! PLEASE!!

  • Jeannine DeBellis

    You know I have been waiting a long time too for Hater. A big screen adaptation would be awesome. However when watching Walking Dead or Del Toro’s the Strain I believe it can be brought to life incredibly well on the small screen too. I love Danny McCoyne and really really want to see him go through all of his transformations. However its done you have an incredible fan base that will stick the wait out with you. GOOD LUCK!!

  • Dan Urciuoli

    If they do make the movie I hope it stays true to the book. That trilogy was amazing and shouldn’t be tampered with.

  • StephanieHancock1

    My concern with any book to movie production is will the director capture the pure essence of the book or will it become a hodgepodge of cliches with teen idols as the main actors that, not only don’t fit the characters, but have not even bothered to read the book. However, knowing that Del Toro has his hands in the project gives my peace of mind. I know it will be artistically creepy.The non reading world needs to see the violent yet poetic beauty that is “Hater”.
    And if it’s being cast in California, I will try my hardest to get an audition. :)

  • Aaron Rayner

    Yes and Yesssss! I only worry about it not have a British backdrop, but this to me is going to make a superb mainstream flick

  • Aaron Rayner

    *having

  • Totally get where you’re coming from, StephanieHancock1 I’m definitely with you on the no teen idols aspect!

  • Natalie Kizzy Hannah Ellis

    I love Hater so much and think it would be great brought to life on screen.

  • KingDongo

    Hater series is top of my list of books i have enjoyed, i would love to see a film version, however it would have far less appeal to me if it was filmed anywhere but England as it would not have the same feel a book did. I suppose in a way i want that feeling i had watching the original 28 days later, no other zombie-esq movie gave me that feeling, only the 80s triffids tv series and possibly the 1970s Survivors series has come close. I agree with Stephanie in that Del Toro does give it some peace of mind, but for me only if its filmed in England. Then i would be REALLY excited about it.

  • Lisa Harrold

    The Hater book was excellent and i hope the movie is made!

  • Kenny Eckert

    This would be a great movie and franchise but I hope they don’t make a movie just to make a movie, hence autumn movie

  • I’m in complete agreement, KingDongo Again, I can’t say anything at the moment, but keep your fingers crossed as discussions are ongoing.

  • David Moody

    A name that’s been mentioned more than once…

  • David Moody

    Thanks to everyone for the positive comments. If/when I have any news, I’ll let you know what’s happening. One thing’s for sure, there’s definitely still an audience for Hater! Thanks again to everyone for taking the time to comment.

  • AJ Mass

    I love this book, and the entire trilogy. I believe I’ve seen you mention a few times you’ve thought of Simon Pegg as the lead, but perhaps it would be more resonant in today’s world to have it be a Naveen Andrews or Colin Salmon as Danny.