It’s down to the wire with the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” trailer, with the movie screening in theatres in a couple of weeks; director Matt Reeves talks about unfolding a resolved plot, and the trilogy’s conclusion.
Rupert Wyatt steps out as director to the new film, leaving the task to Matt Reeves. Reeves is known for the gritty and intense “Cloverfield” and “Let Me In,” both reasonable box office successes.
The sequel occurs a decade after the events of the first film, after Caesar retreats into the wilderness and the lethal plague renders mankind all but extinct. Caesar and his species are set to take over the planet as an intelligent, dominant society.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” follows through on the reboot’s plot, but Reeves admits he tread through tricky ground laying it all out. He’s also looking past the completed sequel, as the confirmed director for the next “Planet of the Apes” installment.
The “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” trailer is released, revealing clues as to how the trilogy’s finale will play out. Reeves defends how he reconciled directing the trilogy, with practically everyone familiar with how the story ends.
“Part of wanting to do another one came from the richness of this world and the characters. People have said to me, ‘How are you interested in this when you already know the ending? You know it becomes the Planet of the Apes.’ But that’s the most interesting part.”
“Somehow, the character that Andy [Serkis], the writers and Weta created, he leads to a path where the apes aren’t just the dominant species, but they also have humans as slaves – all of these things that are very different from where we are in ‘Rise’ and ‘Dawn.'” How do we get there? What does it tell us about our nature, that this becomes that? That’s what got me excited about continuing down that vein.”
The “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” trailer sets the sequel up for a July 11 launch, with the follow-up slated for 2016. Reeves doubts he’ll have time to pause until filming resumes. “I hope we’ll be able to squeeze in a little bit more time before that comes out, but we’ll see how that goes.” (