‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Sequel Will Not Leap Forward in Time

Director Matt Reeves will begin the ‘Planet of the Apes 3’ story shortly after the last movie ended.
Director Matt Reeves will begin the Planet of the Apes 3 story shortly after the last movie ended.

Not to bring any spoilers to the table in its second weekend of release, but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes does feature a proper ending. We know where this series is eventually headed, a spoiler revealed in the 1968 original. Many fans have been speculating that we'll get to the iconic character Colonel George Taylor, personified by the late Charlton Heston , sooner than later. But that may not be the case.

Director Matt Reeves, who is already confirmed to director the untitled Planet of the Apes 3 prequel, says he wants to continue Caesar's story. And the next installment will not feature a major leap ahead.

"I don't necessarily think that there will be as big a leap between films. I see Caesar as a seminal figure in ape history and he's a mythic character. He's essentially like their Moses and I think Caesar having to grapple with what it means to engage in this conflict that he doesn't really want to be a part of and how that cuts at his core is going to be one of the great challenges for the character. I also think it's a generational story. He has children and I think it's going to be... to me there are many chapters of this mythic ape journey towards the original '68 movie."

Some believed that Caesar's kids would take control in the next sequel. That may not happen for a couple of films, as we grow old with Caesar, and his human counterpart Andy Serkis. What do you think of this development?

Are you happy staying in this world? Or do you want a true remake of 1968's Planet of the Apes before the end of the decade?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released July 11th, 2014 and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston. The film is directed by Matt Reeves.

Planet of the Apes 3 comes to theaters July 14th, 2017. The film is directed by Matt Reeves.

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  1. EmmyttWolfe

    War of the Planet of the Apes.

    8 months agoby @EmmyttWolfeFlag

  2. Hideki Ryuga

    Just got back from the theater and am still processing. Really great movie. Definitely going back

    8 months agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  3. WongFu

    When you think of it they have all ready remade three of the films.
    Escape, Conquest and Battle and have their own story to evolve from it. Since Ceasars parents are from the future which we don't need a prequel of since this was explained in the first film.

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes is really Escape and Conquest as the second is really Battle. Now it leaves the first two films.

    There is a big gap in apes history and more stories can be told. Ceasar's story is being told now which could be told in six installment, then focus on the Colonel and the other astronaut much later.

    8 months agoby @instead8909Flag

  4. Ghostman

    @ObiWanShinobi I'd rather have it end after the third film. That way like @ejk1 said, we wouldn't have to worry about quality running low. And if it holds up like this film, it would turn out to be one of the best trilogies ever made.

    8 months agoby @ghostmanFlag

  5. ejk1

    As long as the quality remains high, I don't care when the films take place.

    8 months agoby @ejk1Flag

  6. ObiWanShinobi

    A true remake would be really cool.

    8 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

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