HOLLYWOOD – Three new Planet of the Apes films are to be made back to back it was confirmed today by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves.
Buoyed by the critical and commercial success of the most recent entry, the Studio Exec can reveal that three scripts have already been put into development which will take the saga up to the beginning of the original 1968 Charlton Heston picture.
Although details are sketchy, we can say that Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Caesar at least for the first of the new trilogy. Reeves told Studio Exec EXCLUSIVE:
The next film in the saga – Around About Lunch Time of the Planet of the Apes – will see the immediate aftermath of Dawn. Caesar and his ape community must learn to survive against a humanity which now knows of the threat from the simians and are seeking to wipe them out. The apes, if they are to survive, must learn to become an army. Late Afternoon of the Planet of the Apes will take place many years later as the military dominance of the apes becomes overwhelming and the final film – The Planet of the Apes Bought a Zoo – will be lighter in tone and will show how the humans slowly became the caged animals who Charlton Heston meets in the 1968 film.
In a tactic taken from the Peter Jackson game book, the films are to be filmed almost simultaneously in the hope of maintaining continuity and cutting costs. They will also be released a year apart.
Around About Lunch Tim of the Planet of the Apes will be released in 2016; Late Afternoon of the Planet of the Apes, 2016 and The Plant of the Apes Bought a Zoo (Part One) will be released in 2017.
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.