Matt Reeves talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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San Diego Comic Con is in full swing, and soon, there’s going to be plenty of new movie trailers shown. For new movies. And sequels. And remakes. Which is good for me, because I get something to write about. Moving on, one film that is looking to debut some footage will be the sequel to the prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Matt “Cloverfield” Reeves is still shooting though, and with a ton of CGI still to come, don’t expect much right now. But do expect some passion from the director on the film itself.

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Reeves spoke to Thompson on Hollywood about the movie. revealing that the original script drafts from from Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa had been radically altered for the film:

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.

Reeves also revealed that the leader of the Ape Rebellion, Caeser, would be a lot more talkative in this sequel:

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.

Also mentioned, was the fact that a large portion of the flick would be set in the hub of the new Ape homeland, ‘Merica:

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.

I enjoyed the first prequel, which did a great job setting up the world to come. Some of the theories may have been completely ludicrous about the ape virus and humanity being wiped out, but hey, movies. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be swinging in cinemas next year July.

Last Updated: July 18, 2013

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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