On some forum, I was reading about Planet of the Apes, and someone pointed out that if the astronauts had looked up they’d have seen the moon and known where they were.
Got me to thinking, if I were to do POTA today (and I were a filmmaker), I’d adjust the spin of the Earth so that the eastern seaboard was perpetually in a daylight/twilight/daylight cycle, never entering into full night, or at least not for months.
The explanation would be that the nuclear war tilted the Earth off its axis. And yep, probably would have to add a part where the moon had been inhabited and so it was also nuked, and I’d have it still there, but its features would be obscured by a perpetual dust cloud that hangs around it. I wouldn’t go so far as to eliminate the moon, because chances are the Earth wouldn’t work if the moon was not there. Or possibly just have the moon spun around so that the relatively unfamiliar dark side of the moon was facing the Earth — so that the astronauts might think it looks kind of familiar, but never put 2+2 together.
I like this idea. There could even be humans on the dark side of the Earth (where it is a dawn/night/dawn cycle), but they have to venture into the illuminated side (the ape side) for food since plants don’t grow well without strong light, which is when and why the apes catch them.
Someone besides Tim Burton needs to do these movies again. Speaking of Burton’s version, here’s a tongue-in-cheek summary of his version: clicky