In 2014, Caesar will return to theaters for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Due to the success of the previous film, its writers are sticking with a winning formula. And they're staying away from a major sci-fi plot device—time travel.
[Spoilers ahead for Rise of the Planet of the Apes]
At the end of the last film, Caesar and his gang escaped captivity, destroying a city in the process. So what's their next move? The sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will continue their story, but don't expect a major time jump.
In an interview with Total Film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes writer Rick Jaffa said, "I don't foresee that ... it's the one big element that we made a conscious decision not to explore in the first one, and we were worried that there might be some backlash in the science fiction community because of it. When the story first came together we were very, very excited, and yet before we pitched it, I thought, 'The one thing missing though is time travel. But it's not necessary for this particular telling'. And I don't really foresee it, to tell you the truth."
With this logic, we wonder how long it will take to get to the ape-run world featured in Planet of the Apes? Both Rise and Dawn are prequels, and it looks like they're taking baby steps to show their evolution.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in theaters May 23, 2014.