Rise of the Planet of the Apes was an astonishing film, and the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was equally impressive. Dawn director Matt Reeves returns for the third and final film in the trilogy, and now Collider have revealed exactly what the films title will be.
It’s an obvious one, considering how Dawn finished, but its a good, strong title. The third Apes film will be called War of the Planet of the Apes, something Caesar promised at the end of Dawn when he told Jason Clarke’s Malcolm “War has… already begun. Ape started war. And human… Human will not forgive.”
Collider caught up with Reeves, who revealed that there was originally a different ending to Dawn, a longer ending which would have setup the third film in a way that it limited the options for the third film:
“We actually did have an ending that went one step further, and I realized late in the game, ‘Wait a minute. I don’t want us to be boxed in in this way. I think we should be left with a more open—knowing that we were going to figure out what the next story is—I didn’t want to in a way narrow our options.’ I wanted to open them up.
What was really most important was to leave you in that emotional space with Caesar, which is the ending of the movie that you’ve seen, and know that the future is coming, but not already be at that future. Because the moment is really about the moment that’s past. It could have been the planet of the humans and the apes, and that parting between Caesar and Malcolm is a very emotional moment to me, and I didn’t want something that distracted and became something else.
So yeah, there actually was another version of the movie, and that version never even got fully realized. We cut it late, but the effects for it weren’t realized for it either.”
He also explained the plans they had for Caesar in the newly titled War of the Planet of the Apes:
He told Collider that the third film is “is about him (Caesar) becoming the seminal figure for ape history. [It’s] like myth ascension, him becoming the ape Moses, for lack of a better sort of character to model him after.”
War of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves, is due for release in cinemas on 14th July 2017.