war for the planet of the apes

The battle for the planet is in full swing – at least, it is in the ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ heading to theaters next month.  Today brings us a new look at the film, in a more behind-the-scenes capacity via a featurette that focuses on the effects work featured in the movie.

The third installment in the ‘Planet of the Apes’ prequel trilogy that have been coming to theaters for the last six years, may or may not be the end of the line for this story arc.  Starting with ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ and continuing into ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ director Matt Reeves (who took over from ‘Rise’ director Rupert Wyatt) has worked with production company 20th Century Fox to create a slow-burn style of films that seems to be slowly putting in place the building blocks for this film series to connect with the original series of ‘Apes’ films.

Recently we got a new video featurette from the film that highlighted a young version of Nova, a character from the classic films, and we saw an extended clip featuring Steve Zahn’s character of Bad Ape.  Now, a new video shows us some of the truly groundbreaking work that the digital artists at Weta are creating for this film series.  Check it out below, along with an official synopsis of the film.

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise,
Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel.
After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his
own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the
Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species
and the future of the planet.

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ opens in American theaters on July 14, 2017.