December 6 2014

Planet of the Apes Remake Currently Not in the Cards

Caesar - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Will there eventually be a remake of the original Planet of the Apes at the end of this new series of films? Not necessarily.

While out promoting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, JoBlo interviewed director Matt Reeves, and the question came up of whether or not there was a plan for a remake of the 1968 original film. Well, not necessairly.

To me the idea is that the 1968 films stands as trajectory in that, what is so exciting is that the world of that film is so different from where things started in Rise, and the way they are in Dawn and now will be in the next film. There is a huge distance to cover between here and there that is all about Caesar and future generations, and how this world has transformed into that world, and the struggle that they’ll have to go through and how we create the world that we know from that.

I think once you’ve gone through all of those chapters, you’ve gotten all the richness of those stories, you could very well find yourself going into that story again, but I think it would be from a new perspective. The idea would never be to remake the ’68 film. There might be some of those events from another perspective, and obviously to also see them as events that grew out of everything that we’ve been watching from this new iteration. They wouldn’t be exactly the same either.

So if, and when, we ever get there, which I think is an exciting notion, it would definitely not be a remake but it would be sort of a re-telling of those events from a new perspective. And the events themselves would probably be a bit different since they will have grown out of these films.

I’m all for this plan. I say just cut it off before we get there, or just show us the spaceship landing, but don’t show us a retelling of the original. These films are strong enough to stand on their own and we don’t need to see the story of “Bright Eyes” again.

Reeves and writer Mark Bomback are currently working on the third film, and gave us a hint of what to expect.

As this story continues, we know that war is not avoided by the end of Dawn. That is going to take us into the world of what he is grappling with. It’s going to be an epic story. This is going to be the story that is going to cement his status as a seminal figure in ape history, and sort of leads to an almost biblical status. He is going to become like a mythic ape figure, like Moses.

I just finally saw the second film, and I am totally onboard with where this is going. Bring it on.

Source: JoBlo .

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