HOLLYWOOD – The sequel to Rise of Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is to continue the Planet of the Apes tradition and use apes in a central role, and not giraffes as had been rumored.

Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) revealed that the choice was only taken quite late in preproduction. 

There was a version of Mark [Bomback]’s script that shifted focus radically to giraffes. It was actually one of the most beautiful scripts I’d ever read. But then we did some pre-visualisation and it quickly became apparent that giraffes taking over the world had this whole unintended comical angle which would have harmed the tone I was going for. 

Mark Bomback – whose writing credits include such contemporary classics as Die Hard 4.0 and the Total Recall remake – spoke candidly of what is already being talked about as the lost Planet of the Giraffes script.

Giraffes are fascinating creatures and the idea that they could rebel against their human master has been one that has obsessed mankind since the dawn of time. Imagine, if you will, a giraffe trying to hit you with its head, a little bit like you’re the golf ball and the giraffe is both club and golfer in one. Terrifying. We even had Andy Serkis do some motion capture with a surgically stretched neck, but then the focus groups adn the suits came in with their negativity and their big words like ‘what?’ and ‘numb nuts’ and that was the end of that.

However, both Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback said that they were looking into the idea of developing their Planet of the Giraffes script for HBO. 

Dawn of the Planet of the Giraffes Apes will be released in 2015.