The Art of Films: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Rise of the Planet of the Apes

gorillaapesAs I kid, I remember watching Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston on TV and like Star Wars, Star Trek and Buck Rogers made an sci-fi impression on me.  And then I got all excited in 2001, with Tim Burton’s vision of Planet of the Apes and that was hot mess of suck, kind of like X-Men 3: The Last Stand.  Now after many years, 20th Century FOX has gotten the re-boot Planet of the Apes franchise in the right direction.  To celebrate, Titan Books publishes The Art of the Films:  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Official Movie Novelization

dotpotacoverYou don’t have to, but if you are the type of person that needs to read every tie-in to the main book and want to read things in order, then make sure you read Greg Keyes prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm.  By the end of “Firestorm”, the “Simian Flu” has spread worldwide causing millions of deaths, civil unrest and economic meltdown around the world,  while Caesar leads all the apes to safety into Muir Woods.  Based on the screenplay by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, author Alex Irvine pens the novelization Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm

planetofapesfirestormRise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) was a successful reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise.  Capitalizing on the box-office smash, the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will open all across America this weekend.  If you’ve seen any of the trailers you know that the San Francisco/Bay Area and the world is in a post-apocalyptic turmoil.  How did it get this way?  Well, it’s all explained in this official prequel “Firestorm” by author Greg Keyes.

“Firestorm” picks up right after the end of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. During the memorable Golden Gate Bridge battle scene, where SFPD officers are fighting with the apes, Caesar leads his apes to escape into Muir Woods.  We find out that their has been a media blackout of the Golden Gate Bridge ape incident.  We are introduced to reporter David Flynn and his girlfriend primatogist Clancy.  She tells David that she’s been brought-in to find the apes and it’s all hush-hush, but she leaves some computer files for him if anything goes wrong.  David Flynn’s ex-girlfriend ER Doctor Talia Kosar finds herself with many patients with high fevers and sneezing up blood the past of couple of days.  Her colleagues from another hospital email her about the same situation and Talia alerts the CDC.  A mysterious military-style outfit has hired Clancy and hunter Malakai Youmans to find the apes in Muir Woods.

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