War looms in the world of the Planet of the Apes, and to hear director Matt Reeves tell it, we’re going to see it for ourselves.
Despite the 10-year time-jump between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Reeves tells The Playlist the sequel to Dawn won’t feature a similar leap.
“I don’t necessarily think that there will be as big a leap between films,” he said. “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.”
Indeed, Reeves thinks “there are a number of films and stories” to be told between the events of Dawn and the far-future world of the first Planet of the Apes film — and that’s what keeps him excited.
“The question is: are the audiences interested in going on that journey with us?” he said. “The disparity between the way the world looks in ‘Dawn’ and the way it looked in the ’68 film is huge so how do we get from here to there? Then when we do get there, if we do get there, how is that world different by virtue of the new point of view that we’ve taken?”
The untitled sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is scheduled for July 29, 2016.