Charlton Heston made ‘Planet of the Apes’ go down in infamy when shouting “you damn dirty apes” though many have wondered how the new films might tie into them and Matt Reeves shared how that happens. While the new series is clearly a reboot, they are trying to build a character which would be thought of how Caesar was when Cornelius showed up.
Reeves and producer Dylan Clark were asked why they specifically watched biblical epics when trying to create ‘War For the Planet of the Apes‘ and Reeves replied:
“We wanted [Caesar] to be that kind of mythic character. You know one of the things is, we’re not redoing any of [the original] films, but we’re always reminded of what’s in the universe and there’s this stuff in the originals, there’s the sacred scrolls and The Lawgiver. And the idea is that Caeser is, he’s the ape. He’s the one who started it all. He freed them. And brought them their intelligence through what happened in Rise. And so he really is, if that figure existed in human history that person would be like a God. And we felt like, ‘Oh, this is so cool. He takes on this mythic status.’ So that is what we’re really going for.”
In the original films, the Sacred Scrolls were written by The Lawgiver and shaped the entire society that we came to know. The character and scrolls were referenced throughout the original franchise though The Lawgiver only appeared in the fifth installment. It will be interesting to see if they tie in the Sacred Scrolls or The Lawgiver into the upcoming movie at all and if it is directly inspired by Caesar’s actions or by someone who is out for their own personal power.
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Source: Cinema Blend
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