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Planet Of The Apes Chronicles, The (2001)
Fiction Review by The Gravedigger

Planet Of The Apes Chronicles, The (2001) This book about the Planet of the Apes series was released in anticipation of Tim Burton's version of Planet of the Apes. It covers all of the original films, with interviews with screenwriters and directors, as well as the two television series. I thought it interesting that the origins of the Alpha-Omega bomb (from Beneath) was originally included in the Battle for the Planet of the Apes script. There are also essays on the series and how the series has become a part of our culture. It also covers Marvel's Planet of the Apes comics and magazine, particularly Dough Moench's original Terror on the Planet of the Apes story, which features Jason and Alexander in the era of The Lawgiver. I particularly liked author Dayton Ward's The Planet of the Apes: A Chronological History, which includes everything from the movies to series to the Adventure Comics POTA series from the early 90's. I'd like to see him come up with a revised version, which would include Rise and the Revolution comic series as well as the various Boom! Comic book series. The book ends with Paul A Woods talking about the different POTA scripts that were written, from Terry Haye's Return of the Apes, which had babies in the present dying from old age--and scientists have to go back in time, through DNA, to a time when Apes ruled the planet, and prevent this catastrophe. Then there's Sam Hamm's (Batman) version, which had humans traveling to another planet where Apes rule supreme. This retained some ideas from Haye's version. And it's interesting to see the directors who were attached to the various projects, from Oliver Stone to Chris Columbus to James Cameron. If you're an Apes fan you'll find this book interesting and informative. Recommend.

Compiled & Edited By Paul A Woods

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