Before the third installment in the “Planet of the Apes” reboot series, “War for the Planet of the Apes,” opens in cinemas in July 2017, fans are already wondering if they are stopping at three. Well, good news. It looks like the people behind the franchise are already working on a fourth film.
In an interview with SlashFilm, director Matt Reeves and producer Dylan Clark said they were already thinking of concepts for the next movie. While the reboot films would eventually lead the audience towards the world seen in the original ’60s “Planet of the Apes” movie, Reeves doesn’t see it as a problem.
“Because we know that that’s the ending, that it becomes Planet of the Apes, the cool thing about what was started in Rise is, that it’s no longer about what happens. It’s about how it happens. And stories about how are always about character and psychology. So in our minds, the idea that’s the end of the story gives us the chance to tell an epic saga that leads from where Caesar began in Rise to that world.”
Reeves also revealed that he plans to show how Caesar’s (Andy Serkis) apes eventually become the brutal apes in the original film. He wants to reveal how things developed and how it happened. Reeves said Caesar was full of integrity at the start, but he slowly changed when he ended up killing Koba (Toby Kebbell) in the previous movie despite his vow not to kill an ape.
Furthermore, Reeves said the potential sequels were going to be totally new stories. “We’re not doing any stories that were done,” he stated.
In an interview with Cinema Blend, Clark also said they never intended the reboot series to end with only three films and they wanted to explore the universe more in the future.
“War for the Planet of the Apes” is set to premiere on July 14, 2017.