The unauthorized history of one of the most popular movies of all time.
Released in 1967, Planet of the Apes was a top-ten box-office hit that captivated audiences with its provocative vision of the future. Over the next nearly fifty years it spawned seven sequels, a television series, an animated series, two comic books, and hundreds of merchandise tie-ins. To some, the Apes projects were a campy, sci-fi blast, with colourful characters and delightfully over-the-top performances. But others took the stories more seriously, as allegories on man’s struggles with such issues as race, intolerance, and protecting of the environment.
Though the Apes series took a brief break from 1974–2001, the popularity of the original films and TV series endured and expanded in the interim. Director Tim Burton’s remake of the original Planet of the Apes in 2001 rekindled interest in the phenomenon exponentially.
Planet of the Apes: An Unofficial Companion is a comprehensive look at all aspects of the original Planet of the Apes, featuring interviews, reviews, complete cast and credit information, and a behind-the-scenes look at what made this quirky science-fiction series an enduring classic.
David Hofstede lives in Las Vegas and has written several other books, including books on wrestling, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Charlie’s Angels.
Published: June 2001
Dimensions: 6.75 x 9.75 in.