Will New 'Planet of the Apes' Franchise Reach the 1968 Original?
Many were skeptical when Rise of the Planet of the Apes was announced as the first installment of a hopeful prequel franchise to precede the 1968 classic film and the sequels that followed. Thankfully, Rupert Wyatt delivered a solid start to the film, heightened by incredible special effects and motion capture performances by Andy Serkis and others under his tutelage. It's only gotten better with this year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from director Matt Reeves, who will be back for the next chapter of the film franchise, and now some are wondering if their story arc plans will reach a point where they meet the timeline of the original Planet of the Apes, and is there any chance that he would remake the iconic film?
Reeves was asked about the merging of the Apes movies by JoBlo and he said:
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.
It almost sounds as if the approach would be to tell the original Planet of the Apes story from the perspective of the apes primarily, as opposed to the human who encounters them. That would make for quite a different kind of film, and it would make sense since the audience now roots for and identifies with Caesar as a rich and substantial character. Speaking of Caesar, where can we expect to see his character go in the next chapter of the story. We know that a war is brewing, and clearly that's going to be quite the event. Here's what Reeves had to say about their plan for Caesar:
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. Where he is going to be thrust into circumstances that he never, ever wanted to deal with, and was hoping he could avoid. And now he is right in the middle of it. The things that happen in that story test him in huge ways, in the ways in which his relationship with Koba haunts him deeply. It’s going to be an epic story.
We are going to take him to places that test him in a way that is more painful, and in ways that he has never been tested before. Really test his leadership, and more than that, his heart and soul. There are ways in which the experience he had with Koba in the last film, really create a context in this story that is going to be, in a way, his greatest challenge yet. We are very excited about it you know.
It's clear that Reeves knows where the story is going, and we're glad that he focuses on Caesar and the obstacles and tests he has to confront as opposed to just talking about bigger action, more apes, and all the stuff that the marketing department will do a job of hyping up when the time comes. This franchise has thrived because it's about so much more than the battle between humans and apes. It's about survival on a basic level, identity in a complex world, and the nature of society and how difficult it can be to stay true to yourself and keep the ones you love safe. The next Planet of the Apes film arrives July 29th, 2016.