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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Sequel Won’t Leap Far Forward in Time

War looms in the world of the Planet of the Apes, and to hear director Matt Reeves tell it, we’re going to see it for ourselves.

Despite the 10-year time-jump between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Reeves tells The Playlist the sequel to Dawn won’t feature a similar leap.

“I don’t necessarily think that there will be as big a leap between films,” he said. “I see Caesar as a seminal figure in ape history and he’s a mythic character. He’s essentially like their Moses and I think Caesar having to grapple with what it means to engage in this conflict that he doesn’t really want to be a part of and how that cuts at his core is going to be one of the great challenges for the character. I also think it’s a generational story. He has children and I think it’s going to be … to me there are many chapters of this mythic ape journey towards the original ’68 movie.”

Indeed, Reeves thinks “there are a number of films and stories” to be told between the events of Dawn and the far-future world of the first Planet of the Apes film — and that’s what keeps him excited.

“The question is: are the audiences interested in going on that journey with us?” he said. “The disparity between the way the world looks in ‘Dawn’ and the way it looked in the ’68 film is huge so how do we get from here to there? Then when we do get there, if we do get there, how is that world different by virtue of the new point of view that we’ve taken?”

The untitled sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is scheduled for July 29, 2016.


  • Feylog

    it would be a good idea, that in the last part of film series, one of the main characters going to the past (first movie “rise”) and try to fix everything, it would be more interesting if the ape going to be a time traveler somehow… thats the point)

  • Feylog

    btw “dawn” is the perfect movie!

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  • Manas

    To answer whether the audience would like to delve further into the planet of apes world, hell yea! 1st movie I watched of the franchise was the Tim Burton reboot and to witness the evolution of this story is incredible the story needs another film or 3 this is an amazing story as shown in Dawn, the deeper premise between the humans and apes needs some more epic writing, acting and visual magic. I feel fortunate to live in this lifetime.

  • Lisa Sweet

    Yes, l look forward to the next sequel of “dawn of apes.” Caesar is one of the main characters I like best. Although I wish they could have kept James Franco (1st movie rise of apes) in all of the movies.

  • Mart Cooper

    I personally don’t think they need to copy everything from the original 68 movie, why can’t they just do a sequel to Dawn which has no time jump, which explains the War, then they could do another sequel with another 10 year jump about enslaving humanity and then the fifth film could be The planet of the Apes remake itself… no need for it to take place 2000 years in the future, do it over 40 year journey, then that way Caesar can feature in all the movies