Today: May 25, 2024

Planet Of The Apes Hits 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most ground-breaking film franchises in sci-fi history. Based on the novel Monkey Planet by Pierre Boulle, on its release in 1968, the film was hailed as one of the best of the decade. A movie that combined social commentary with ground-breaking prosthetics without ever losing track of its prime directive—to entertain. 

That original, starring Hollywood legend Charlton Heston, has since spawned four sequels, a TV series, a remake, and a reboot. 

Jonathan W. Rinzler is that perfect geek-author: a man who both knows his craft and appreciates the source material, having served as executive editor at Lucasfilm and authored The Making of Star Wars, and The Complete Making of Indiana Jones, which was a London Times bestseller. His new book—The Making Of Planet Of The Apes—is an absolute triumph, detailing the story of how some of the greatest talents in Hollywood transformed a French novel into a box-office hit, with both style and panache. 

With a foreword by Fraser Heston, Charlton Heston’s son, Rinzler’s latest work is one hellova an achievement. An entertaining, interactive experience that transports readers to an alternate Earth ruled by apes, while bringing to life the memorable characters who peopled that world of what-ifs.   

Drawing on material from a variety of sources, including early publications and interviews, Fox and Warner Bros. studio archives, and records from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this is a book for fans and film-lovers, with a design that will appeal to both those who want a serious read or a casual flick-through. 

Stand-alone spreads tell a specific story, helping to break down what’s a pretty hefty volume into easy-read, bite-sized chunks. The lush, coffee-table format pulls out all the stops, with 304-pages packed with original sketches, on-set photos, ephemera, merchandise, and in-depth interviews with cast and crew. 

A lot has been written about Planet Of The Apes in the last 50 years, but Jonathan W. Rinzler may well have given us the definitive volume.

The Making Of Planet Of The Apes by Jonathan W. Rinzler is published in hardback on 15th November by Harper Design, priced £45.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

Previous Story


Next Story

WIN The Rambo Trilogy & Cliffhanger 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays!

Latest from Blog


Memory (2023)

Memory is an exquisite American drama in the tender embrace of Michel Franco’s cinematic prowess.

The Valiant Ones

The Valiant Ones was King Hu’s last, great masterpiece. Indeed it’s arguably his last true wuxia film — but what a magnificent beast it is. Directed by the celebrated master of the

Enter the Clones of Bruce Unboxing

There have been so many books, documentaries, and even biopics of the immeasurably pioneering martial arts icon Bruce Lee. His life and work have been studied intensely, and his influence remains felt

BackBeat Unboxing

This month saw underrated Beatle-biopic BackBeat make its Blu-ray debut from Fabulous Films, surely delighting the band’s collectors and completists. Telling the story of the Beatles’ first bassist – the so-called ‘lost

D-Day 80th Anniversary

In just a couple of weeks, the world will observe the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the unprecedented allied invasion of the beaches of Normandy on 6th June 1944. It’s impossible to imagine

Lawmen: Bass Reeves Unboxing

Originally envisioned as yet another Yellowstone spin-off, Lawmen: Bass Reeves is one of the best television westerns in years. Fronted by a stellar performance from David Oyelowo alongside screen legends Donald Sutherland
Go toTop

Don't Miss

Touch Of Evil

Touch Of Evil begins with one of the most brilliant sequences

The Ten Commandments

They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. In