Fox’s rebooted “Planet of the Apes” franchise has a good chance of continuing after the third installment, “War for the Planet of the Apes,” arrives in theaters next year. At least that’s what the film’s director and producer believe.
“We absolutely have ideas about where it goes [next],” director Matt Reeves told Slashfilm.
In the same interview, producer Dylan Clark dropped his own hints about which characters could be the focus of future films, saying, “We’ve come to really love Maurice, and we’ve come to love Rocket. … There’s lots of different opportunities to explore. So we know that there is mileage left in the characters and because these are character-driven stories, we hope to have more opportunity to tell them.”
The pair also reiterated that the ultimate ending for the series remains the world seen in the 1968 sci-fi film. Far from being a limitation, Reeves views this as liberating, explaining, “Because we know that that’s the ending … 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] 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,” he continued. “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.”
Arriving July 14, 2017, “War for the Planet of the Apes” stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Karin Konoval, Gabriel Chavarria, Amiah Miller and Terry Notary.
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