The much anticipated Comic Con panel for Matt Reeve’s followup to the 2011 hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” came off without a hitch and those in attendance even got a glimpse of Caesar played by the uber-talented Andy Serkis, in war paint. Matt Reeves also spoke a little about Caesar’s evolution in Dawn…and how the storyline leads into Planet of the Apes.
Dawn of the Planet Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens July 18, 2014.
This is what Matt Reeves had to say…
“Caesar talks at the end of [Rise of the Planet of the Apes], he has some level of speech. I wanted to make sure we’re continuing to go along the path of evolution without missing it, it was so delicious to watch in the first movie. It’s not like now they are talking in verse. Hopefully the movie is emotional and thrilling as you watch the apes come into being … 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.”
You can catch the whole interview HERE
Man oh man!! This sounds down right stellar. It appears as though this will be a much bigger picture “in scope” than Rise. So much attention was given to making this reboot a viable and a real look at what the world might look like if this were to happen and I have no doubts that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not going to let us down.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth¹s dominant species.