With Planet of the Apes chronicling how the human’s fell and what events led to the apes rise to power, some have asked where will the studio go next? According to director Matt Reeves, this began as Caesar’s story, and that is exactly where the sequel will take us. It will continue Caesar’s quest, which is an epic tale. You already know the end, but according to Matt Reeves, although they are apes, this is a very human story at its core. He goes on to say:
Because we know that that’s the ending, that it becomes Planet of the Apes, the cool thing about what was started in Rise is, that it’s no longer about what happens. It’s about how it happens. And stories about how are always about character and psychology. So in our minds, the idea that’s the end of the story gives us the chance to tell an epic saga that leads from where Caesar began in Rise to that world. It’s not about getting there and then redoing that story. We think it’s like a great Russian novel or something, and it’s all about following Caesar on that journey and the other apes as it builds along that way.
And you know the ending, but what you do know is also that the world is not that world. So how did it change? Caesar’s apes are not like the apes in the Planet of the Apes, right? They’re very brutal to the humans. That’s not what’s going on, so how did that happen? And you know that Caesar had such integrity, and that he has this sort of sense of right and wrong, of his morality, yet you watch that be challenged. He ends up having to kill one of his own. All of those things give us a chance to explore human nature and do it in a way that is really fun. ‘Cause these are all, frankly, totally new stories. We’re not doing any stories that were done.
It sounds as though Matt Reeves already has ideas about where to take the story moving forward.
There are not yet any planned sequels after War for the Planet of the Apes.[/Film]
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