The latest modern-day Planet of the Apes sequel takes a major step into the future we know and love from the original film run, and director Matt Reeves has opened up about where he’s taking the franchise next.
Reeves chatted with io9 about the plan going forward in the wake of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and revealed they’ll be digging deeper into the ape religion and Caesar’s role and legacy in the future of the ape society.
Check out some excerpts from the interview below and let us know what you think:
“That’s (the ape religion) definitely going to be an aspect of the story. He becomes a very mythic character. And he's the Caesar that shall begin other Caesars. Given that we know the ending of the story and we know that Caesar has these ties to humans and to apes, and that everything gets really turned upside down by the world of the '68 film …
The question is how do we get there? And this then becomes a generational story. A story of not only Caesar and his family, but his children and how this story continues down that path. How Caesar becomes the first, truly mythic god-like character for the apes. He's very seminal figure for the apes. The idea, the objective for the story was to being the beginning of that mythic status for him. He goes from being a kind of revolutionary to a kind of leader to a mythic god …
Now we start to go into this place where self preservation starts to be the order of the day. He knows there's no going back and explaining, ‘the apes didn't really mean to attack the humans, they were misled by a rogue ape.’ That's not something you can really explain to a society. And he realizes that now he has to grapple with the reality. He's got pulls in both worlds, this is going to be a very painful journey for him, and for the apes.”
The revitalized Apes series has become one of the most compelling sci-fi franchises on the market, and it sounds like Reeves has an incredibly compelling vision for where he wants to take it. We loved Dawn, but we’re even more curious to see where it might go next.
Are you intrigued by what Reeves had to say?