ByVahn Gharakhani, writer at Creators.co
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Hey Planet of the Apes fans! With the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray coming out, Director Matt Reeves has gone around promoting the home video release. Surprisingly he has also talked about Planet of the Apes 3 a good amount. He has also gone far enough to talk about the next stage in the apes’ story and where Caesar (Andy Serkis) is in this stage of the story, where he has failed to maintain peace between the apes and the humans.

Caesar (Andy Serkis) prepares to lead his ape army to war in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Caesar (Andy Serkis) prepares to lead his ape army to war in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Reeves says that they are in the process of outlining the story and he is very excited about it. He also talks about some juicy plot details; particularly where we find Caesar next.

“We are outlining the story right now. Yeah and it’s pretty exciting. I’m pretty excited about it. You know for me the idea is that; someone called this the “Caesar Cycle” of these films. And I love that and I thought, “That’s exactly right!”. He is this unique character in that he sort of was raised a human but he’s an ape and he wasn’t part of either. Like Andy [Serkis] always talks about when he was playing the character in Rise [of the Planet of the Apes] that he [Caesar] thought he was human until someday he realized that he wasn’t. And he realized “oh shoot” I’m not part of that world. And he is thrown in with the apes, but because he was raised by humans he’s not part of that world. So he is a unique character in that he’s got a connection, sort of to both worlds. And in playing out this story to me what’s exciting is that in the first movie he sort of rises from humble beginnings to become a revolutionary. Dawn [of the Planet of the Apes] was about ascending to become a leader in really difficult times and having to be tested in that way. But this next movie I think, is about him becoming the seminal figure for ape history. Sort of becoming a mythic ascension. Becoming sort of this “Ape Moses” for the lack of a sort of better character to model him after. And he is very much that way of being caught between these two worlds and I think that that’s going to be exciting to see. The ways, which we push him into places that are going to make him very uncomfortable. You know this situation is exactly what he was trying to avoid. The oncoming war what Dawn was avoiding and it wasn’t avoided. So what does that mean to him as a character? How will he lead his people through this, or his apes through this?”

Koba (Toby Kebell) leads the apes to war in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; which instigated the world war in Planet of the Apes 3.
Koba (Toby Kebell) leads the apes to war in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; which instigated the world war in Planet of the Apes 3.

Reeves points out that he does not yet have a start date for shooting the picture but is very excited to get back into that world.

“We don’t have a start date yet. No we’re still working on the outline and of course everybody wants us to go as soon as we can. And were working on the story so we can nail it. They [the studio] were thrilled about the movie and obviously the movie has done incredibly well and that’s really exciting. I’m happy to be back and I can’t wait to work with everybody again.”

Reeves concludes by saying that he has an idea for the title of the third film but will not tell anyone yet. But he did give a little tease.

“There is something I’m thinking about. But I don’t know if I should say it. I won’t say it. But is it shorter than [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes](movie:322904)? I don’t know it’s hard. When you start it and give it “Planet of the Apes” as part of your title, it’s hard to be shorter. You know it might be… I’ll say this as a tease. It might be one word shorter. There you go!”

Caesar (Andy Serkis) in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Caesar (Andy Serkis) in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

What do guys think about Director Matt Reeves’s comments? Are you satisfied with the direction the third film is going in? What would you like to see happen in the third film? Whatever you think; comment below, let me know!

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