Burton unlikely to re-ape ‘Apes’

Helmer peeved at Fox's budget tactics

LONDON — If there is a sequel to “Planet of the Apes,” Tim Burton is very unlikely to be at the helm.

In a profile published in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper Aug. 17, the director was quoted as saying, “I’d rather jump out of the window, I swear to God.”

Burton was apparently peeved at what he described as Fox’s dithering on greenlighting the remake’s budget, causing pre-production work to be rushed.

“They give you a script, and you do a budget based on that, and say, ‘This movie would cost $300 million to make,’ and then treat you like a crazy, overspending, crazy person!,” Burton says. “It’s like, ‘Well, you gave me the script!’ ”

He added: “I’m fascinated by the studio technique that sort of leaves you bloodied, beaten and left for dead right before you’re supposed to go out and make a great movie for them.”

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