Rebooted with the well-received “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and followed up with rave reviews for the sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” there’s a lot of excitement for the upcoming third chapter in the refreshed “Planet of the Apes” trilogy.
“War for the Planet of the Apes” continues the ‘Dawn’ story in which Andy Serkis’ Caesar, leader of an ape community in the midst of chaos, has now been pushed into a war he never wanted and down darker psychological roads than he anticipated.
There’s also an obvious question – where to next? Director Matt Reeves has previously indicated that the new films are headed towards the original 1960s “Planet of the Apes” film as the end point of the story. Will ‘War’ be the one to get us there?
Turns out it won’t. Speaking with Slashfilm, Reeves and producer Dylan Clark revealed they already have ideas of where a fourth film will go and, unlike other franchises which feel burdened or confined storytelling wise by taking the prequel route, they find it liberating:
“We absolutely have ideas about where it goes… Because we know that that’s the ending, that it becomes Planet of the Apes, the cool thing about what was started in Rise is, that it’s no longer about what happens. It’s about how it happens. And stories about how are always about character and psychology.
So in our minds, the idea that’s the end of the story gives us the chance to tell an epic saga that leads from where Caesar began in Rise to that world. It’s not about getting there and then redoing that story. We think it’s like a great Russian novel or something, and it’s all about following Caesar on that journey and the other apes as it builds along that way.
And you know the ending, but what you do know is also that the world is not that world. So how did it change? Caesar’s apes are not like the apes in the Planet of the Apes, right? They’re very brutal to the humans. That’s not what’s going on, so how did that happen?
And you know that Caesar had such integrity, and that he has this sort of sense of right and wrong, of his morality, yet you watch that be challenged. He ends up having to kill one of his own. All of those things give us a chance to explore human nature and do it in a way that is really fun. ‘Cause these are all, frankly, totally new stories. We’re not doing any stories that were done.
Reeves has said before that the series could continue without Caesar at its core. Right now though he’s still heavily in post-production on “War for the Planet of the Apes” which hits cinemas July 14th 2017.