If you can't wait for War for the Planet of the Apes, you better not miss this Sunday's all-new episode of The Walking Dead. Director Matt Reeves has just dropped the official logo for the third chapter in the Apes prequel series. And it comes with news that a special War for the Planet of the Apes announcement will happen Sunday night. Here's what he had to say on his official Twitter
"And something else begins... Tune in to @WalkingDead_AMC Sunday night for a special #WarForTheApes announcement..."
We're still a little less than two years away from seeing War for the Planet of the Apes, when it premieres in theaters summer 2017. So it's not likely that we'll get to see the first trailer. Shooting just began almost exactly a month ago, with Matt Reeves revealing the first set photo on October 18th. At this time, it's hard to even wager a guess as to what this special announcement might be.
In War for the Planet of the Apes, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. Who will win this fight? The humans or the apes? If history has told us anything, we may be looking at the complete decimation of the human race.
The cast includes Gabriel Chavarria (Lowriders), whose character has been compared to James Franco's Will Rodman in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, alongside Woody Harrelson as the human villain and Steve Zahn as a new war ape. Matt Reeves is directing from a script he co-wrote with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes writer Mark Bomback.
The studio has set a July 14, 2017 release date for War for the Planet of the Apes, which is currently the only movie scheduled for release on that date. However, the sequel will be sandwiched between two highly-anticipated productions, Disney's long-awaited sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (July 7, 2017) and Warner Bros.' Untitled Christopher Nolan Movie 2017 (July 21, 2017). The film will also open two weeks before Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man reboot starring Tom Holland, which opens on July 28, 2017.
Unlike Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which took place 15 years after the events of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes will take place shortly after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Hopefully director Matt Reeves will be sharing details about War for the Planet of the Apes during his special announcement this Sunday. Andy Serkis will reprise his iconic ape leader Caesar. Perhaps we'll get a first look at his character's return. For now, check out the official logo.