Out doing the promotional rounds for the home video release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the film’s director spoke with JoBlo about the upcoming third film in the series and how there’s still a lot of ground to cover before they reach the events of the 1968 original. In fact, even if we do get to that point, it’s likely we’ll see a different spin on the original classic rather than a straight-up remake:
“To me the idea is that the 1968 films stands as trajectory in that, what is so exciting is that the world of that film is so different from where things started in Rise, and the way they are in Dawn and now will be in the next film. There is a huge distance to cover between here and there that is all about Caesar and future generations, and how this world has transformed into that world, and the struggle that they’ll have to go through and how we create the world that we know from that.
I think once you’ve gone through all of those chapters, you’ve gotten all the richness of those stories, you could very well find yourself going into that story again, but I think it would be from a new perspective. The idea would never be to remake the ’68 film. There might be some of those events from another perspective, and obviously to also see them as events that grew out of everything that we’ve been watching from this new iteration. They wouldn’t be exactly the same either.
So if, and when, we ever get there, which I think is an exciting notion, it would definitely not be a remake but it would be sort of a re-telling of those events from a new perspective. And the events themselves would probably be a bit different since they will have grown out of these films.”
Reeves and writer Mark Bomback are working on the script for the next film and he offered a bit of insight regarding what’s next for Caesar:
“As this story continues, we know that war is not avoided by the end of Dawn. That is going to take us into the world of what he is grappling with. It’s going to be an epic story. This is going to be the story that is going to cement his status as a seminal figure in ape history, and sort of leads to an almost biblical status. He is going to become like a mythic ape figure, like Moses.”
“Planet of the Apes 3” is currently targeting a July 29th 2016 release.