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Mark Newton

The ending of Dawn of the Planet of Apes wasn't exactly optimistic, was it? The intolerant agitators in both the human and ape camps have made major conflict between these two species almost inevitable, but perhaps they can just talk about it and usher in a new period of peace?

No, that's not very likely, especially when you consider the third movie in the rebooted series has been named War of the Planet of the Apes.

So far, not much is known about Matt Reeves' second Apes movie, however, we have just been treated to our first behind the scenes glimpse of War of the Planet of Apes.

The image, courtesy of Reeves (who doesn't seem to understand how hashtags work), shows two actors in motion capture suits chatting on a beach in Vancouver -- could this be a reference to the famous ending of the 1968 original? Check it out below:

In another tweet, Reeves also confirmed Michael Giacchino, who composed the music for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, would also be returning for War of the Planet of the Apes.

Other than that, information on the ground regarding War is slim. We know Woody Harrelson will join the cast as a new human villain, The Colonel, while Gabriel Chavarria is reported to be playing a human sympathetic towards the apes. Meanwhile, Steve Zahn has also been brought on to motion capture another ape character. How this will all come together in the story is anyone's guess, although motion capture star Andy Serkis did reveal some of that we can expect from the latest installment. He told MTV:

"It's very, very early in where we choose to drop anchor in the next film. It could be five years after the event, it could be the night after the events of where we left 'Dawn,' so it's very difficult to know where the story is going right at this moment because it's being written as we speak. I know that part of the desire for 'Matt Reeves' to do this next movie is about continuing the enjoyment of seeing these apes evolve. So I don't think we're going to see a situation where we're jumping....It might be three films, It could be four. It could be five. Who knows? But the journey will continue. It might not necessarily be summarized or completely fulfilled in this next one. The point being, eventually we know that we're going to end up back at 'The Planet of the Apes,' but whether it's this film or not, I don't know."

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes certainly turned up the intensity after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and considering its title, I imagine War of the Planet of the Apes will take this even further. It'll certainly have to do something pretty special to beat the conflagration shown in Dawn though. I mean, that film did feature duel machine-gun wielding chimps on horseback after all.

War of the Planet of Apes is currently expected in theaters on July 14, 2017.



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