I always approach reboots rather cautiously, perhaps even more so when it came to 's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. 2001's rather brain-numblingly awful Planet of the Apes remake has still pretty fresh in my mind and I was fully prepared for another simian flop. However, Rise of the Planet of the Apes turned out to be one of the best blockbuster movies I've seen in a longtime. The perfect combination of emotion and literal gorilla warfare.
We still haven't seen much from sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Earlier we heard that might not be reprising his role, while we've also seen a production image of a equine mounted . However, with the San Diego Comic Con about to go into full swing, Reeves has dropped a load of new information to IndieWire.
On the Evolution of the Apes since Rise of the Planet of the Apes:
The world is larger, still growing. For all of us that was exciting to explore, and bring in new performers to our cast of apes, Toby Kebbell and other great actors along with Andy. The apes story is a through-the-looking-glass way of looking at what we are. By what's going on in the internal lives of the apes we are exploring ourselves, our impulses, our society. So much is roiling inside Caesar. He has a rational side separate from the apes, they're all instinct. We are seeing how Caesar becomes this leader.
On his vision for the movie:
I wanted to extend what I thought was achieved so brilliantly, the emotional connection with Caesar, with a greater sense of realism in the world, the face of it and scale of it. Where the first movie ends on the precipice of a major shift about to happen in the world, I wanted to come into that story. It's definitely a bigger ape world, but it still centered on Andy Serkis as Caesar, it's his POV. When I got involved the story initially took place further down the line, the apes had evolved fast. What excited me was the idea of going back to finding a way to get on the path, I did not want to jump so far ahead. I restarted the first movie that put you in the heart of the apes, knowing that in the canon, the '68 movie I saw as a kid, you know what that world is about. That was the beginning. So this leads to the original film. How does that work? That is where it's going. I did not want to go too far and miss how it developed.
On whether the apes can talk:
Caesar talks at the end of the movie, he has some level of speech. I wanted to make sure we're continuing to go along the path of evolution without missing it, it was so delicious to watch in the first movie. It's not like now they are talking in verse. Hopefully the movie is emotional and thrilling as you watch the apes come into being.
On the movies setting:
The ape civilization is in the woods, between Vancouver and New Orleans, the world after what happens with the simian virus flu. The two main locales are San Francisco and the Muir Woods where the ape civilization is born. We'll be doing a little shooting in San Francisco as well. A lot of the Louisiana shooting was to build huge wood sets outside in the woods to add realism, enormous exterior streets. We're shooting in the rain, in the wind, all on location out in the open in the elements.
On topping Rise of the Planet of the Apes:
In the last movie there were a lot of things the apes couldn't do as performers, physically, so they animated them. It's amazing but some of that stuff isn't totally believable. You accept it. One of the things in the pursuit to make this as realistic as possible in addition to going on location in the light for a higher level of realism, is to see the movement of the ape stunt performers, not animated. The stunt performers trained themselves to move like apes. What they are performing is all real and when you see it translated it will not look animated. And I wanted to make sure to bring to the human characters the same level of emotional depth as the apes. I can't give too much away, I'm hiding a little bit. I'm going back to shooting apes climbing trees in the woods.
What do you think? Does this sound like the right way to continue the brilliance of Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Give me your opinions below.