Three short films show what happened between ‘Rise’ and ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’


Ten years is a long time between the events in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and what we will see in the after effects in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. At the end of Rise we saw the devastating Simian Flu virus spread, and three short films have been released to bridge the gap between the two films.

Spread of Simian Flu: Before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (year 1)

DIRECTOR: Isaiah Seret

Amidst a widespread viral outbreak known as the ‘Simian Flu’, a mother is quarantined after testing positive for the virus, leaving her husband and daughter to fend for themselves.

Struggling to Survive: Before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (year 5)

DIRECTOR: Daniel Thron

Five years after the Simian Flu all but wiped out humanity, an orphaned teenage girl survives by bartering things she has stolen from dead people’s homes.

Story of the Gun: Before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (year 10)

DIRECTOR: “thirty-two”

Follow the journey of a shotgun through the hands of several ill-fated owners as the ‘Simian Flu’ ravages the world around them.


Finally, Motherboard (VICE’s science and Tech channel) have teamed up with 20th Century Fox to bring a documentary together which also ties in with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The documentary, titled Island of Apes, will be available later today through Vice.

Island of Apes synopsis:

The documentary heads to an isolated area inhabited solely by former lab-tested chimpanzees who have survived both disease and two civil wars, and today instill fear in their neighbouring communities.

We head to the beaches of the island to capture the chimps in their unique habitat, and discover that human interaction is far from second nature.

For the first time in history, we sit down with Betsy Brotman, one-half of the testing facility’s founding couple, to learn of her shockingly dark and heroic past, and why her views on animal testing have dramatically changed.



Andy Serkis, celebrated for his performance in the last film, reprises his role as Caesar. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter franchise), Keri Russell (“The Americans,” Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line), and Judy Greer (The Descendants, Three Kings, 13 Going on 30) also star.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In). The producers are Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion), Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Tom Hammel (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is executive producing.

Oscar-winning visual effects house WETA Digital – employing a new generation of the cutting edge performance capture technologies developed for Rise of the Apes and Avatar – will again render photo-realistic, emotionally-engaging apes. The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Michael Seresin, production designer James Chinland, and VFX Supervisors Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon, VFX producers Ryan Stafford, editor Bill Hoy and Stan Salfas, and costume designer Melissa Brunning.

Twentieth Century Fox will release Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in UK cinemas on 17th July 2014.


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 Earth’s dominant species.


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