This summer sees the conclusion to the new ‘Planet of the Apes’ trilogy, with the release of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes.’  The new films, focusing on one particular intelligent ape and the aspect of his semi-unwitting rise to lead a simian revolution against humankind, have been fairly successful, prompting people to ask if this particular film series might go further than “trilogy” status.

Peter Chernin, producer of the new films for production company 20th Century Fox, was asked in a recent interview if this might be the case, and he unequivocally stated that this film will be the final installment in this particular branch of the series.  When asked to elaborate on the thought process as to why this is, he responded thusly:

“We made a very conscious decision, frankly, when we started thinking about this seven or eight years ago, to look at these three movies as a trilogy in a lot of ways…It was inevitable from the moment apes gained intelligence that apes and humans were going to be on a collision course for what would be the dominant species on Earth. And this movie is the war to resolve that dominance. We’ve always looked at this as a three-part story. And the appropriate ending of that story is to see which species dominates.”

He is not saying, of course, that the storyline that these films have created couldn’t be extended to additional films, but for the major plot points of Caesar and his rise as leader of the ape movement, this appears to be the end of the road.

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is scheduled to be released in US theaters on July 14, 2017.

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