Matt Reeves’ latest film, War for the Planet of the Apes, is something of an anomaly. On the surface, it’s a big-budget summer blockbuster. But when you actually watch it, it feels much more like a poignant, bleak movie with Oscar potential. And now, its studio is going to push it as the latter.
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The Planet of the Apes prequels did much to explain how humans lost their status as the dominant species on the planet—a cataclysmic set of events fueled by a global pandemic known as the “Simian Flu.” This virus, the product of a medical experiment gone horribly wrong, wiped out the vast majority of humans, but it…
It’s not all that uncommon for creators to say that a fictional persona felt like a member of their family. But leaving Christmas presents under the tree for someone who doesn’t exist—like Planet of the Apes writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa did for trilogy lead character Caesar—is going the extra mile.
War for the Planet of the Apes is being positioned as the end of a trilogy of Planet of the Apes prequels leading into the 1968 original. This is especially true because director Matt Reeves has already committed to another franchise. But, that doesn’t mean he thinks the story is over.
It’s been six years since Rise of the Planet of the Apes started the whole Planet of the Apes prequel world. And a lot has happened in that time, especially since there’s a fair bit of time-jumping between each of the movies. If you, like me, can only vaguely remember how we got from Rise to War, then this is the…
It’s always the same with blockbuster movie marketing these days—the closer you get to release, the more and more footage comes out to the point you could piece together everything chronologically and come away with a huge chunk of the actual movie. Sometimes the studios themselves do it for you in the form of…
When War for the Planet of the Apes ended, I was unable to move. Glued to my seat, I sat dumbfounded at the achievement I’d just witnessed: an exquisitely filmed, emotionally stunning film that challenges what a big-budget, summer blockbuster is supposed to be. And it’s about a planet of apes.
As its title implies, Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes will finally see the franchise’s superintelligent primates waging all-out war on their human oppressors. In the first official clip for the movie, though, we see Caesar (Andy Serkis) choosing to take pity on a defenseless human. Chump.
In Tim Burtons’ B-movie spoof Mars Attacks!, aliens invade Earth after a series of made-up cultural misunderstandings. However, what if they had waited a thousand years to make First Contact? Well, you’d probably get a decapitated Cornelius.
Everyone’s angry at everyone else in the last War for the Planet of the Apes trailer, which makes sense, as the excellent prequel trilogy has always been building up to one final battle for the fate of human and simian kind. By the looks of it, it’s going to be one hell of a fight.
War for the Planet of the Apes is a movie that is very aware that the story it’s telling is the creation myth of 1968's Planet of the Apes. And in this new trailer, multiple elements are propelling the story toward the human-ape confrontation that we know leads to a Planet of Apes.
Timeline-wise, it doesn’t make a ton of sense. But for fans, it’s pretty cool.
The main difference between the original Planet of the Apes series and the latest reboot is whose journey we take. In the first two films, the focus was on whatever human was nearby, and then shifted to time-traveling primates. The Tim Burton reboot zeroed in on Marky Mark. This time around, Planet of the Apes has…
And, given the title of the movie, it’s probably safe to assume that things are not going to end peacefully.
We got super psyched when we heard that the Green Lantern Corps was heading to the Planet of the Apes for its latest crossover comic series. Now, we’re getting a look at the star of the show: Cornelius, the coolest ape around.
They’ve teamed up with the cast of Star Trek. They’ve fought Aliens’ xenomorphs. And now, the Green Lantern Corps is heading to the Planet of the Apes for even more crossover shenanigans.
The downside to the new Planet of the Apes series is the films are so FX-heavy that they take a long time to make—and you may forget a new one is coming. War for the Planet of the Apes is on the horizon, though, and it’ll be introduced to the world as part of New York Comic-Con next weekend.
Much of the original Planet of the Apes was a grueling desert film shoot, with actors wearing prosthetic make-up that was cutting-edge for 1968 but was still incredibly cumbersome. Their greatest champion, remembers the one and only Dr. Zaius, was star Charlton Heston—who apparently insisted everyone call him “Chuck.”
Earlier this week, word dropped of a ‘Special Announcement’ regarding War for the Planet of the Apes, leading everyone to guess that it was an early teaser. That’s not the case: they announced a contest to be in the movie as an ape.