The revival of the PLANET OF THE APES franchise well over three decades after the original ended (and ten years after a reboot fizzled) was nothing if not a risky endeavor. Audiences were skeptical, to the say the least — until they saw Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 film RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, a technical achievement surpassed only by its heart.
That film was followed up by an even more breathtaking emotional and visual triumph, Matt Reeves’ 2014 sequel DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Audiences fell in love with Andy Serkis’ Caesar, and with the rich, morally complex world he inhabited.
Next month we’re reaching the final chapter in PLANET OF THE APES’ latest trilogy, with Reeves returning to direct the insanely anticipated WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. In celebration of this franchise that has meant so much to so many for almost fifty years, we are dedicating an issue of BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH. magazine to the whole dang planet.
We discuss Serkis, Reeves, Rod Serling, Cornelius, Zira, the monkey movies that predated the original APES, the wonderful merch to come out of these films, the hard science behind the franchise and the VFX that makes it real to us.
And we’re thrilled to have interviews with some of the brilliant minds behind this successful revival: we talked with Matt Reeves, with producer Peter Chernin and with the bold magicians at Weta.
We've got beautiful, original art and a spread of Mondo's best-loved APES prints, as well as this remarkable cover from Eric Powell.
So be sure to grab this one - it'll sell out in a hurry. And never forget: Apes. Together. Strong.