Planet of the Apes Revisited

by Joe Russo, Larry Landsman, Ed Gross

Publisher: Griffin Books

Publication Date: August 11, 2001

This book was originally published in 2001 at around the time that Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes was released. It is currently being completely revised, expanded and converted to the oral history format. Many new interviews regarding the original Apes films and television series, more on Burton’s film, various unfilmed screenplays and and in depth look at the latest trilogy consisting of Rise, Dawn and War for the Planet of the Apes, as well as a look ahead to the next film in the series, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

What follows is the original 2001 blurb.

For the first time ever, the complete, provocative history behind the motion picture series that began a new tradition in science fiction film sagas.

Planet of the Apes Revisited is the colorful, factual account of the science fiction milestone Planet of the Apes and the series of movies and TV shows it inspired. Through exclusive interviews with cast and crew and access to the personal archives of Arthur P. Jacobs, the producer and originator of the first film and all its spin-offs, Joe Russo, Larry Landsman and Edward Gross present a fascinating, in-depth look at the entire Apes canon, featuring:

  • Rare, behind-the-scenes photographs
  • Details on special effects and makeup
  • Story and screenplay developments
  • On-the-set changes and post-production edits
  • Behind-the-scenes anecdotes
  • A chapter on Tim Burton’s “reimagining” of the classic Planet of the Apes

The book also serves as an invaluable reference volume on Hollywood filmmaking and the many personalities who are part of the legend and lore of this outstanding adventure series. The most comprehensive guide available, Planet of the Apes Revisited vividly re-creates the history, the sticky studio politics, and the fascinating creative process that resulted in this unprecedented science fiction phenomenon.

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