If you’ve found yourself impressed by the recent Planet of the Apes movies, you’re not alone. The excellent work from the prequels to the classic movie have brought new life to the movie franchise, and helped to endear an entire generation of cinema goers to Caesar – the ape that started it all. But for audiences hoping to see a lot more of the iconic chimp – the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes will mark the end of his cinematic journey.
Speaking to Den of Geek, the movies producer Peter Chernin explained that they always envisioned this being the end-game for Caesar’s story;
“We made a very conscious decision, frankly, when we started thinking about this seven or eight years ago, to look at these three movies as a trilogy in a lot of ways…It was inevitable from the moment apes gained intelligence that apes and humans were going to be on a collision course for what would be the dominant species on Earth. And this movie is the war to resolve that dominance. We’ve always looked at this as a three-part story. And the appropriate ending of that story is to see which species dominates.”
Chermin also went on to explain that this will be the movie that definitely changes Caesar – for better or worse;
“The Caesar you see at the beginning of this movie is not the Caesar you see at the end of this movie or during the journey he goes through,”
To be fair, the movies have been building up more and more to the story behind the original Planet of the Apes movie. The action has been ramping up and the leader of the apes has found himself growing through it all. Caesar is hugely important to these story’s – but there needs to be a point where they can move beyond him.
For those worried that 20th Century Fox and Reeves are retiring the franchise – those fears can be put to rest. The pair already have a road map laid out for movies beyond this trilogy – reportedly a possible adaptation of the original movie. It can’t be any worse than the last time someone tried that.
I’m super stoked for War for the Planet of the Apes and can’t wait to see how it ends. Are you excited?