After the success of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ and it’s sequel ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ it was only a matter of time before it turned into a trilogy and things are going to be going bad for humanity as the ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ will launch in 2017!
For those who know the history of the films this kind of a feature was inevitable, but now we’re going to be seeing full Ape vs Human action as Caesar and his followers will wrestle control of the Earth from the remnants of humanity. Anyone who hasn’t seen the original movies, let’s just say that humanity is an uneducated mass of slaves to our Simian overlords and this looks like it’ll be where war will truly begins.
While ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ ended on a sour note that pretty much guaranteed we would see the war that Caesar was trying to avoid begin, the title indicates that our two sides will be out for blood. As Caesar previously said “War has… already begun. Ape started war. And human… Human will not forgive” and that is very true. While it didn’t start by his wants, it was still his people that put things in motion and now the two sides are going to end up having a massive on screen battle. I’m expecting quite a bit more action in this third film than what we’ve seen so far.
Director Matt Reeves was already for the war to begin at the end of the last film and stated:
“We actually did have an ending that went one step further, and I realized late in the game, ‘Wait a minute. I don’t want us to be boxed in in this way. I think we should be left with a more open—knowing that we were going to figure out what the next story is—I didn’t want to in a way narrow our options.’ I wanted to open them up.
What was really most important was to leave you in that emotional space with Caesar, which is the ending of the movie that you’ve seen, and know that the future is coming, but not already be at that future. Because the moment is really about the moment that’s past. It could have been the planet of the humans and the apes, and that parting between Caesar and Malcolm is a very emotional moment to me, and I didn’t want something that distracted and became something else.
So yeah, there actually was another version of the movie, and that version never even got fully realized. We cut it late, but the effects for it weren’t realized for it either.”
So while he was ready for the war to happen he didn’t have an exact narrative quite yet on how it would come together. Good choice in pushing off whatever his original ending was if it would have conflicted with what they have now put together.
Reeves also has stated that when it comes to Caesar that the next film “is about him becoming the seminal figure for ape history. [It’s] like myth ascension, him becoming the ape Moses, for lack of a better sort of character to model him after.” It should be interested what actions he takes that puts him into that kind of a position
No word yet on a book that will bridge the gap between films like ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm‘ did for the first two but it wouldn’t surprise me if we ended up seeing one. It looks as if we’re heading straight into war that more time will have passed and be ripe for added development material.
What are your thoughts about the apes going to war? Are you excited for ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ or would you have wanted them to go another direction with it? Share your thoughts below!
‘War of the Planet of the Apes’ opens July 14, 2017