To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Planet of the Apes franchise: an illustrated life story of Caesar, the brave and extraordinary leader of the apes, as told by Maurice, Caesar’s best friend.
After the events of War for the Planet of the Apes, Caesar’s tribe has finally found a safe refuge from the last remnants of the humans who wish to see them wiped out. It comes at a cost, however, as Caesar dies before he can see the apes thrive and prosper in their new home. Maurice, as a gift to Caesar’s son Cornelius for when he grows older, decides to recount and chronicle Caesar’s story so that his son can truly know what a unique and brave ape his father was, and inspire Cornelius in turn.
Caesar’s Story is this chronicle, and tells the story of Caesar from his earliest days under the care of scientist Will Rodman, as well his life with the ape colony in Muir Woods after the outbreak of the Simian Flu, his interactions with Malcolm and Ellie, the dangerous ape Koba, and his ultimate battle with and imprisonment by the vicious and unstable Colonel. The book also chronicles what happens in-between the events of Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, as well as the events between Dawn of and War for the Planet of the Apes.
The book includes Maurice’s personal thoughts and reflections of his long time spent alongside Caesar, and contributions from several other key apes that knew Caesar. The result is a truly one-of-a-kind celebration of the new Planet of the Apes trilogy and the franchise as a whole.
"One of modern cinema's most unexpectedly rich and rewarding (and unique) blockbuster franchises, the effectively rejiggered Planet of the Apes, which used the bones of a beloved classic to craft a series that continually stands out on its own merits. . . . a thinking-fan's summer movie delight, bolstered by eye-popping special effects and a reworked mythology that pays homage to the originals while pushing onward."—Indiewire