Yes, Apes Almost Wore Clothes in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
This past weekend, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hit theaters, and it's undoubtedly one of the most engrossing blockbusters in recent memory, with compelling, rich characters that allow for so much genuine suspense and drama, it's truly a wonder. But the film we saw as almost drastically different. The apes were nearly much more evolved than they ended up being in this version of the story. Matt Reeves recently spoke to SlashFilm and explained how he wanted to show only a little progress of the apes' evolution. And part of that meant ditching idea to have the apes do things like wearing clothes in the film (though they still get some guns). But some concept art has surfaced showing off what that would have been like. Look below!
Here's some unused concept art for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (see more at Fandango):
As you can see, there were some very interesting designs that put Maurice and Koba in clothes. However, putting that latter ape in clothes seems to go against his grudge against humans as he would be behaving much more like the species he hates so much. One element in the pieces that we did see brought to life was the use of war paint. However, it seems to be much more abundant and extreme in some of the concept art pieces. The headdresses for Caesar's wife were clearly scaled back dramatically too, though we do get hints of some of those tribal elements in the film. If you haven't seen the movie yet, what are you waiting for?
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
Trey on Jul 14, 2014
I think some of that would have worked.
Brian Sleider on Jul 14, 2014
I would have enjoyed a heavier handed approach to war paint.
Astroboy3000 on Jul 14, 2014
Maurice the wookiee?
R3last on Jul 14, 2014
The concept art is beautiful. The orangutan face is striking.
DAVIDPD on Jul 14, 2014
It would have made it much easier to tell them apart on screen.
MattPeloquin on Jul 14, 2014
Ceasar,Maurice,Koba,Rocket,and Blue Eyes were easy to tell apart
HG2012 on Jul 14, 2014
Love the last one, a bit of a nod to the original.
Steven on Jul 16, 2014
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