When 20th Century Fox revived their Planet of the Apes franchise with the beloved 2011 action-drama Rise of the Planet of the Apes, many fans wondered if this story, which charts the origins of the leader ape Caesar (Andy Serkis), would ever eventually merge with the 1968 classic Planet of the Apes. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves has revealed in a new interview with JoBlo that there is still a lot of ground to cover before reaching that point, which goes far beyond the follow-up Planet of the Apes 3, currently slated for release on July 29, 2016. And if and when that point is reached, it won't be a remake of the Charlton Heston original.
Here's what the filmmaker had to say, revealing that he doesn't exactly want to remake the 1968 original. But events from that story may be told through a different perspective.
"To me the idea is that the 1968 films stands as trajectory in that, what is so exciting is that the world of that film is so different from where things started in Rise, and the way they are in Dawn and now will be in the next film. There is a huge distance to cover between here and there that is all about Caesar and future generations, and how this world has transformed into that world, and the struggle that they'll have to go through and how we create the world that we know from that.
I think once you've gone through all of those chapters, you've gotten all the richness of those stories, you could very well find yourself going into that story again, but I think it would be from a new perspective. The idea would never be to remake the '68 film. There might be some of those events from another perspective, and obviously to also see them as events that grew out of everything that we've been watching from this new iteration. They wouldn't be exactly the same either. So if, and when, we ever get there, which I think is an exciting notion, it would definitely not be a remake but it would be sort of a re-telling of those events from a new perspective. And the events themselves would probably be a bit different since they will have grown out of these films."
The director is currently working on the script for Planet of the Apes 3 with writer Mark Bomback. While he wouldn't offer too many specifics regarding the story, Matt Reeves did reveal that Caesar will be tested in ways he never imagined
"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. It's going to be an epic story. 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."