October 12 2016

Planet of the Apes prequels have no set end point

If you thought War for the Planet of the Apes would end with the capsule full of astronauts arriving, think again.

Since Rise of the Planet of the Apes we’ve known the end game was the original Planet of the Apes from 1968. What we didn’t know was how long it would take to get there. Speaking with Slashfilm, Director Matt Reeves explained we have some ways to go yet.

We absolutely have ideas about where it goes… Because we know that that’s the ending, that it becomes Planet of the Apes, the cool thing about what was started in Rise is, that 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’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. 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.

And you know the ending, but what you do know is also that the world is not that world. So how did it change? Caesar’s apes are not like the apes in the Planet of the Apes, right? They’re very brutal to the humans. That’s not what’s going on, so how did that happen?

And you know that Caesar had such integrity, and that he has this sort of sense of right and wrong, of his morality, yet you watch that be challenged. He ends up having to kill one of his own. All of those things give us a chance to explore human nature and do it in a way that is really fun. ‘Cause these are all, frankly, totally new stories. We’re not doing any stories that were done.

I tend to agree with Reeves. The apes as we currently know them in these films are not up to the evolution we saw in the original film. We’ve seen some hints, especially in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but there is still a long way to go. We still need to see Caeser come to be thought of as the Lawgiver. How did humans lose the ability to speak? How do the apes get to where they speak fluent English and walk fully erect at all times? Not to mention at some point there was also a nuclear war.

There are an endless number of stories really that could be told. So long as they keep ending them as they have where you can make a connection in your own mind to get to the original film, I’m all good.

War for the Planet of the Apes  hits theaters on July 14, 2017.

Source: Slashfilm .

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