Why ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Concludes Caesar’s Story


War for the Planet of the Apes, which hits theaters in a little less than two months, will be the final film in the current Planet of the Apes trilogy, which began with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and continued into Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014.

While speaking to Den of Geek about the film’s most recent trailer, the film’s producer, Peter Chernin, spoke a bit about why this third film will conclude Caesar’s story. Here’s what he had to say:

“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.”

Chernin also spoke about how they try to honor and acknowledge the existence of the original Planet of the Apes films in what they were doing with this current trilogy:

“I think from the moment we started this trilogy, we always had our eye on that original series of movies, both because we love them as filmmakers, but also, we’ve always wanted to acknowledge that those movies existed. So I think we’ve always in some ways tried to do two things with the films, which is on the one hand, tip our hat to the original series of the movies, and pay homage to them, and then at the same time do satisfying, important, meaningful standalone stories.”

But don’t fear Apes fans, while this trilogy-capper is the end of Caesar’s story, Andy Serkis recently teased that this film is “by no means the end of the road in terms of Apes films.” Chernin also commented on the potential continuation of the franchise:

“We have a whole universe of ape stories that we would like to still be telling. We wanted to complete this conflict in this particular trilogy, but we’ve got a world of stories left to tell, if the public is gracious enough to ask us to do so.”

Directed by Matt Reeves, War for the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Ty Olson and Alessandro Juliani. Here is the official synopsis for the film:

In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters July 14, 2017.

Source: Den of Geek

Top 10 Movie Trailers From This Summer That Will Fire You Up

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TrailersEvery year, an avalanche of trailers, teasers, TV spots flood the Internet, trying to grab the attention of busy and overstimulated audiences. It’s gotten to the point where now, trailers are such a commodity, that the trailers themselves have teasers. There’s a reason: trailers, when they’re good, can be an artform all their own.

I love trailers, being the guy who is always rushing his friends and family to the theater early “so we don’t miss the previews.” Every summer, I make a YouTube playlist of my favorites that acts as my own personal radio station because frankly, sometimes, I vibe more to how the trailer is cut than the music in it or, in bad cases, the movies themselves when I finally catch them on-screen. It’s gotten to the point that I imagine and dream in a trailer format, with music setting the pace for a smash-cut of scenes that I want to write or just enjoy the fantasy of.

If you love a good trailer like I love a good trailer, this list is for you. Here’s what I consider the top 10 trailers for the summer 2017. Click Next to start!

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Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz

Jeff Grantz is an Atlanta-based writer, filmmaker and host of The Amazing Nerdiverse Podcast (on iTunes and YouTube).