At the close of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," war was brewing between the humans and the apes. Appropriately, then, the sequel film will be titled "War of the Planet of the Apes," according to director Matt Reeves.
In an interview with Collider, Reeves revealed the sequel's title as he spoke a little about where the previous film left off -- and how that ending was a decision made late in the game.
"We actually did have an ending that went one step further, and I realized late in the game, 'Wait a minute. I don't want us to be boxed in in this way. I think we should be left with a more open -- knowing that we were going to figure out what the next story is -- I didn't want to in a way narrow our options.' I wanted to open them up.
What was really most important was to leave you in that emotional space with Caesar, which is the ending of the movie that you've seen, and know that the future is coming, but not already be at that future. Because the moment is really about the moment that’s past. It could have been the planet of the humans and the apes, and that parting between Caesar and Malcolm is a very emotional moment to me, and I didn't want something that distracted and became something else."
In a previous interview, Reeves explained that this upcoming installment of the "Planet of the Apes" saga would take place soon after the events of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." It seems, then, that the conclusion to "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" will feed directly into "War of the Planet of the Apes."
"War of the Planet of the Apes" is scheduled to open on July 14, 2017.