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Matt Reeves returns for third Planet of the Apes: “the story take place shortly after Dawn. Probably.”

July 21st, 2014 by Marc Comments

With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doing so well financially and critically, we’re already thinking about the next one.. and wondering if we’ll see that world that was first introduced on film in the classic Charlton Heston original… or are there more tales of the first Caesar to be told?

Well, director Matt Reeves, talking to The Playlist via Darkhorizons, confirms that he is already booked to direct the third movie and it looks like there are plans in motion for where it will go: “I don’t necessarily think that there will be as big a leap between films. 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 1968 movie.”

So, what do you think? Are you glad Reeves is returning? Are you tired of the near-future stories yet? Do you want to see the apocalyptic future of the original movies already?

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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