Back in 2011, we had the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Last year saw the Dawn and, in 2017, we'll see the grand conclusion. This evening, the title for Planet of the Apes 3, in the prequel trilogy, has been revealed. Something big is going to be going down... that's for sure.
This evening, Collider have gone and dropped an exclusive which reveals that Matt Reeves' 2017 Planet of the Apes film will be titled War of the Planet of the Apes. So, we've seen the Rise. We got the Dawn and now we're set to see the War. The title is yet to be officially confirmed by Fox but Collider have a great track record with stuff like this and War of the Planet of the Apes isn't exactly a bad bet if you were to guess the name of the next film. I'm really liking it. It sets the stage beautifully, for what's to come, but it just sounds pretty awesome too.
When we left Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Koba (Toby Kebbell)'s hatred towards humans meant the beginning of a full-blown showdown between humans and apes. After he and Caesar battled it out, the once peaceful San Francisco lay in chaos. Gary Oldman's Dreyfus and his little posse had contacted the military before 'sacrificing' themselves, Jason Clarke and his family went off to safety and Caesar began rallying together the Apes once again - gearing up for the inevitable War to come. The film left off with him saying, "War has begun. Ape started War. And human will not forgive."
The fact that the title for the third instalment in the rebooted franchise has War in the title doesn't come as much of a surprise, considering the next film will revolve around said war - between the Apes and the humans - and was set up last Summer. I adored Rise and Dawn was even better, in my opinion. The expectations are certainly on War to match, if not be better, both its predecessors - especially since there's going to so much at stake here. However, Reeves is a great director and I have faith in him and faith in Andy Serkis. I can't wait to see where the story will go.
When speaking in an interview, back whilst making the press rounds for Dawn, Reeves spoke a bit about what he had in store for the war - cheers to /Film for the quote. The director said, "As this story continues, we know that war is not avoided by the end of DAWN. That is going to take us into the world of what he is grappling with. Where he is going to be thrust into circumstances that he never, ever wanted to deal with, and was hoping he could avoid. And now he is right in the middle of it. The things that happen in that story test him in huge ways, in the ways in which his relationship with Koba haunts him deeply. It’s going to be an epic story. I think you’ve probably read that I sort of described it where in the first film was very much about his rise from humble beginnings to being a revolutionary. The second movie was about having to rise to the challenge of being a great leader in the most difficult of times. This is going to be the story that is going to cement his status as a seminal figure in ape history, and sort of leads to an almost biblical status. He is going to become like a mythic ape figure, like Moses."
With Matt Reeves set to return to the helm, and set to see Andy Serkis reprise his role as Caesar with Jason Clarke, Kodi Smitt-McPhee and Keri Russell all expected to come back too, War of the Planet of the Apes will begin filming next year, for a July 14th, 2017, release.
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