Joe Russo Planet of the Apes Revisited

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Planet of the Apes Revisited

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9780962750823: Planet of the Apes Revisited

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 and Larry Landsman present a fascinating, in-depth look at the entire Apes canon, featuring:

Rare, behind-the-scenes photographs
Deails 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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Apes fans, this is it: aside from an early '70s article that appeared in Cinefantastique, nobody but nobody's paid much attention to the making of the groundbreaking Planet of the Apes saga. The wait is over, though--and how. Unapologetic fanboys Joe Russo and Larry Landsman (and, later, Edward Gross) have been laboring over this exhaustive, fact-packed, behind-the scenes record of all five movies, the TV show, and the cartoon for the better part of 17 years. The effort shows, with countless on-set pictures, unprecedented access to the estates of Rod Serling, Roddy McDowall, and producer Arthur P. Jacobs, and extensive quotes from virtually everyone associated with the project, from screenwriters to actors to makeup artists to the special effects crew. (To give you an idea of the devotion we're talking about, Russo actually wrote his first "making of" Apes book back in the fifth grade. It was hand stitched with a plastic cover.)

Deserving of special note is Charlton Heston, who contributed not only the foreword for this book but scores of entries from his swaggering personal journals. ("A helluva long day, in the course of which I was finally brought to earth as Taylor. Having evaded clubs, whips, horsemen, crowds, they tripped me ass over teakettle into a thrown net and hoisted me high.... Upside down in a net, a man isn't worth much.") But even more interesting are the minutiae that inevitably emerge in any close examination of a production this complicated: that Marlon Brando had been considered first for the lead, that there were racial casting concerns in the wake of the Watts riots, even the fact that Planet of the Apes hit the small screen in an attempt to knock off Sanford and Son. This account may sprawl a bit in spots, with some quotes that overlap overmuch and minutiae that's awfully minute, but any fan who has even an ounce of Russo and Landsman's enthusiasm will be hard-pressed to complain. --Paul Hughes

About the Author:

Joe Russo and Larry Landsman are freelance writers who met in 1974 through the enthusiasm they share for the Apes series. They began research for Planet of the Apes Revisited over fifteen years ago and have since gone on to write several pieces on the Apes saga, including features in Starlong and Sci-Fi Universe. In addition to being a devoted Apes fan, Mr. Russo enjoys a successful career as a musician. When is he not touring with his band, he resides in New Jersey. Mr. Landsman works in public relations for the entertainment industry. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Alyson, and two sons, Jared and Justin.

Edward Gross is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including Captain's Logs: The Complete Trek Voyages, X Files: Confidential, and The Alien Nation Companion. He has also written for a variety of magazines, among them Cinefantastique, Fangoria, Comic Scenes and Premiere.

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