“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves is currently working on the story for the next chapter in the series and says it will be a painful one for Caesar (Andy Serkis).
Reeves is currently writing the script with Mark Bomback and confirmed in July that this sequel won’t jump forward in time as some had speculated. It will likely see an all out war commencing, Reeves telling Coming Soon this week:
“The first one is sort of how [Caesar] goes from humble beginnings to becoming a revolutionary. In Dawn, he really rose to the occasion of becoming a leader in really challenging and difficult times.
The notion of what we’re after with the third is to sort of continue that trajectory and see how he becomes a seminal figure in ape history. He almost becomes sort of like an ape Moses. A mythic status… We’re trying to play out those themes and continue to sort of explore it in this universe. Exploring human nature under the guise of apes.”
Serkis himself adds: “The ape community has fallen apart. There’s potential war. He’s going to have to lead the apes in darker times. I think it’s going to be very powerful.”
‘Dawn’ was a critical and commercial success with a $707 million worldwide haul. It was also recently revealed that there’s a real push going on to see Serkis become the first actor to earn a supporting actor Oscar nomination for a motion capture performance.