The revitalized Planet of the Apes films have grown into one of the most successful franchises out there these days, and it sounds like we’re finally getting all-out war with the next one.
According to Collider, sources close to director Matt Reeves’ sequel say the film will be titled War of the Planet of the Apes. Sadly, the report doesn’t include many more details in regard to the plot or which actors may or may not return (though we’d think mo-cap legend Andy Serkis is certainly on the list). But with a title like that, it doesn’t leave much to the imagination.
Looking to the past, though, Reeves has been teasing for a while that he wanted to develop the story to the point where the apes go to war with humanity. The stellar Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took us to the absolute brink last year, where we saw the remnants of humanity decimated by a plague and dealing with the realization that Caesar’s ape colony lurks in the woods nearby. His unused original ending even took it a step further.
Attempts at peace failed, and the second film ended with war all but inevitable. Judging by the alleged title, it seems Reeves wants to finally show us the ape war we’ve been wanting to see realized for decades. It represents a great storytelling tool for the franchise and leaves a ton of room for the Apes to keep rolling.
What do you think of the potential title? Do you want to see the Apes war finally realized when this one opens July 14, 2017?