Director Matt Reeves has this week hinted at the future of 20th Century Fox's revived Planet of the Apes film franchise. With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes having just released in UK cinemas, one would initially suppose that the minds of Fox's marketing team would be wholly focused on promoting the sequel to 2011's Rise; however, seasoned followers of On-Screen will no doubt recall that back in January, the studio confirmed the development of a follow-up to one of this Summer's most talked-about blockbusters.
When quizzed on the matter of Apes' future prospects by CinemaBlend's Sean O'Connell, Reeves (Dawn's helmer, for those who hadn't heard) had some intriguing (if elusive) comments to make: "I think some people assume that we're going to get back to the '68 film [Planet of the Apes], like, next. And actually...no. [...Dawn's] world is nothing like that world. How do we get from here to there? [...] And if this is Caesar's story, and the story of the mythic character that he becomes, then as we know in the Apes timeline, Caesars begat other Caesars, and it's a generational story. This is an epic journey toward the trajectory of that story! It could be many movies. I think there are a lot of interesting stories that come, not only from Caesar, but from what comes after Caesar, his children, and his children's children." We couldn't agree more with Reeves when it comes to assessing the room for the Apes series to grow and broaden into new philosophically-stimulating areas, quite frankly, and you'll want to stay tuned to On-Screen in the coming days for our definitive verdict on Dawn (which'll naturally include an analysis of the franchise's potential to develop in years to come as well)...
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is out now in cinemas worldwide.