The Planet of the Apes series is a great example of how Hollywood needs to go about rebooting existing properties, as thus far both installments have been critically and commercially successful while retaining the essence of what the original franchise was about. While we wait to see if the third movie looks to make three for three, word has gotten out that a book filling in the gap between the second and third movies of this trilogy will soon arrive.
The novel, officially entitled War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations, covers the immediate fallout of the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and provides a greater context as to where the story is headed in the third chapter of this trilogy as Apes and Humans find themselves on the brink of war. The official synopsis for the novel – released by Titan Books – is as follows:
Driven from their woodland home, Caesar and his apes are still recovering from the takeover by renegade ape Koba. Caesar is desperate to avoid war with the humans, but this is a faint hope, as his enemies are about to receive military reinforcements headed by the ruthless Colonel McCullough. While trying to hold off McCullough’s soldiers, Caesar sends his son Blue Eyes on a mission to the south to try to find a safe haven for the apes, despite rumors of terrible things happening there. Meanwhile supporters of Koba’s revolt are spreading dissent among Caesar’s ranks…
Obviously, things don’t simply blow over between Caesar, the Colonel’s forces, or the revolting Apes, as then there wouldn’t be a conflict in the sequel. Still, it should be interesting to learn more about Caesar’s transformation into a military leader as a lead-in to the franchise’s biggest movie yet. The novel hits the shelves starting today.
War for the Planet of the Apes breaks out on July 14, 2017. The film’s cast includes Andy Serkis as Caesar, Woody Harrelson as Colonel McCullough, Amiah Miller as Nova, Gabriel Chavarria as Preacher, Chad Rook as Boyle, Steve Zahn as “Bad Ape”, Karin Konoval as Maurice, Terry Notary as Rocket, Judy Greer as Cornelia, Max Lloyd-Jones as Blue Eyes, Ty Olsson as Rex, Michael Adamthwaite as Luca, Aleks Paunovic as Winter, Alessandro Juliani as Spear, and Sara Canning in an unspecified role.
Source: Titan Books
8 Reasons Matt Reeves Is The Perfect Director For ‘The Batman’
Batman is a special character and he deserves a special director. He’s had a few through his cinematic lifetime but the most recent addition to the pantheon of Batman directors is one that should excite any fan. Matt Reeves will take the helm of the Ben Affleck-led solo Batman film, tentatively titled The Batman, after Affleck himself vacated the chair to focus on his role.
Reeves made his directorial debut in 2008 on the viral-marketed hit Cloverfield, produced by his childhood friend and frequent colleague J.J. Abrams (which has now spawned an anthology franchise) and made a career hopping from beloved property to beloved property. He remade the hit foreign film Let the Right One In as Let Me In in 2010 and was briefly attached to direct The Twilight Zone film before taking the reins of the rebooted Planet of the Apes series with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014. He returned for the third film, War of the Planet of the Apes, which he is currently in post-production on for a July 14 release this summer.
Reeves is an established name, by dint of his relationships and resume, but he is nonetheless an inspired choice to shepherd one of pop culture’s most venerable characters. His movies are often very dramatic, even sensitive, in way that conveys emotional vulnerability, a powerful tool for maintaining audiences’ suspension of disbelief in the face of the fantastic or ridiculous. His habit of remaking or rebooting properties also makes him comfortable with how to balance the old with the new and, best of all, how to fuse both into something that is both highly personal and very accessible. For more reasons why Reeves is the perfect director for The Batman, click Next!