Short of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” being a flop, 20th Century Fox had previously indicated they had at least two further films in mind for the “Planet of the Apes” series following the revival of its fortunes with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.
‘Dawn’ wasn’t a flop though, it not only handily beat its predecessor in global box-office, but it also scored decidedly stronger reviews and remains one of the highest rated wide releases of the year.
Speaking with MTV News, the show’s simian mo-cap star Andy Serkis has now teased that the rebooted series could expand past Fox’s trilogy plans to become a four or five film saga:
“It might be three films. It could be four. It could be five. Who knows? The journey will continue. It might not necessarily be summarized or completely fulfilled in this next one. The point being, eventually we know that we’re going to end up back at ‘The Planet of the Apes,’ but whether it’s this film or not, I don’t know.”
As the script for the next film hasn’t been finalised, Serkis isn’t quite sure what to expect himself. Asked what most excited him about the next chapter, he says:
“To be honest, it’s very, very early in where we choose to drop our anchor in the next film, so it could be five years after the event. It could be the night after the events of where we left ‘Dawn,’ so it’s very difficult to know where the story is going right at this moment because it’s being written as we speak. I know part of the desire for Matt [Reeves] to do this next movie about continuing the enjoyment of seeing these apes evolve.”
The next ‘Apes’ is currently scheduled for July 29th 2016.