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Screenwriter Mark Bomback offers a hint about the next Planet of the Apes

07.24.2014

With DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES being heralded as one of the best movies of the summer (and of the year), sights are already being set on the announced third film in the new franchise which will reunite director Matt Reeves and screenwriter Mark Bomback. With DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES upping the ante on everything the first film delivered, where could the next film possibly go?

Bomback sat down with Creative Screenwriting where he shared a tidbit about the plot of the untitled sequel to DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.

"The challenge that we’re up against – and I think we’ll be even more aware of it in the next film – is how we circle back to the original franchise’s fundamental premise that apes have taken over the earth and humans are their prey. How do you get back to the 1968 universe that started it all?"

Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes, did something really brilliant where they launch the Icarus [the spaceship in the original 1968 film]. I remember when I read the draft I said, “What a great idea.” At least the seeds have been planted in our universe to get back to there."

The Icarus spacecraft seemed like an easter egg nod to the classic Charlton Heston film and less an overt plot thread, but building on details already in the films will make the next sequel feel all the more organic. Hopefully the dark tone and realism in the first two films carries over into the third rather than jumping ahead to the fully functioning ape society.

The third film in the series is slated to hit theaters July 29, 2016.

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12:48AM on 07/25/2014

Well...

I always wanted them to go back to the planet of the apes. And now they can.
I always wanted them to go back to the planet of the apes. And now they can.
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9:27PM on 07/24/2014

Can't Wait

We were talking about what the next movie would focus on after seeing Dawn. I would speculate that Caesar's story is over. They did a truly amazing job developing him as a leader, and a god (especially in Dawn). I don't think anything more is really needed from him, unfortunately-very unfortunately. I agree with MICHLOUD-the third should cover the last real effort from the humans to take back the planet, with war and the building of the omega bomb.


There are so many facets they could
We were talking about what the next movie would focus on after seeing Dawn. I would speculate that Caesar's story is over. They did a truly amazing job developing him as a leader, and a god (especially in Dawn). I don't think anything more is really needed from him, unfortunately-very unfortunately. I agree with MICHLOUD-the third should cover the last real effort from the humans to take back the planet, with war and the building of the omega bomb.


There are so many facets they could dive into, and I have complete faith. Rock on Planet of the Apes!
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9:41PM on 07/24/2014
Cesar's story will not be over. If you stayed till after the credits you can (SPOILER) hear Apes swarming around digging through rubble, and Koba alive. So the next film surly will be "War of the planet of the apes" Cesar's apes vs Koba's apes. My guess.
Cesar's story will not be over. If you stayed till after the credits you can (SPOILER) hear Apes swarming around digging through rubble, and Koba alive. So the next film surly will be "War of the planet of the apes" Cesar's apes vs Koba's apes. My guess.
6:05PM on 07/24/2014

just an idea

I think one thing that the next movie needs to bring attention to that the previous 2 didn't is that these are not all the apes in the world. Caesar freed and "enhanced" all the apes he could find in the San Francisco area, and they've built up a sizable population of smart apes in the decade since Rise. But what of other apes around the world? Did the global pandemic of the virus make it's way to them and make them all smart, or are they still just regular apes? If it did "enhance" apes around
I think one thing that the next movie needs to bring attention to that the previous 2 didn't is that these are not all the apes in the world. Caesar freed and "enhanced" all the apes he could find in the San Francisco area, and they've built up a sizable population of smart apes in the decade since Rise. But what of other apes around the world? Did the global pandemic of the virus make it's way to them and make them all smart, or are they still just regular apes? If it did "enhance" apes around the world, did they hear rumors of this great ape leader Caesar and make their way to him, or did they build pocket civilizations of their own? If the virus didn't enhance other apes around the world, would Caesar and co. have plans of trying to track down any remaining traces of the virus and making their way around the world somehow, bringing more apes into the fold in an effort to increase their numbers to win the war against the humans? The story needs to answer these questions. It's obvious there are more pockets of humanity, one cannot assume that that's only the case in the greater California area. There has to be a point where the story encompasses the globe, to show us how apes become dominant over all of earth, and not just San Francisco.
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3:57PM on 07/24/2014
I say have the third film cover the eventual war between humans and apes. The story can jump ahead a few years again, say 10 or 15. The apes' society has expanded since DOTPA, the apes are winning and there are only a few pockets of human civilization left. Let the story follow two plot threads, the humans coming face to face with their inherent doom. And the apes who are trying to figure out how to be the dominant species of the planet and what to do with that role/power.

The fourth
I say have the third film cover the eventual war between humans and apes. The story can jump ahead a few years again, say 10 or 15. The apes' society has expanded since DOTPA, the apes are winning and there are only a few pockets of human civilization left. Let the story follow two plot threads, the humans coming face to face with their inherent doom. And the apes who are trying to figure out how to be the dominant species of the planet and what to do with that role/power.

The fourth movie can be a translation of the original Planet of the Apes. Have the astronauts from the Icarus return to earth, retell that story w.o the surprise ending that it was earth all along, but treat that as the starting point to a new trilogy. Movies 5 and 6 can cover how humanity regains some power, but both societies eventually learn to establish a status quo with apes and humans living together.

And then leave it along for 40 or 50 more years. Do not let Tim Burton or any of his relatives near the franchise at all.
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3:46PM on 07/24/2014
Can't wait for another installment. This is by far the best Apes film in my opinion.
Can't wait for another installment. This is by far the best Apes film in my opinion.
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3:03PM on 07/24/2014

Wait a second...

Is it just me or wasn't Matt Reeves quoted as saying (A week or so ago) that it would be preferred that the 3rd "Apes" film not tie *exactly* back to Heston's '68 original?
Is it just me or wasn't Matt Reeves quoted as saying (A week or so ago) that it would be preferred that the 3rd "Apes" film not tie *exactly* back to Heston's '68 original?
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3:39PM on 07/24/2014
These aren't prequels to the original 'Planet of the Apes', so it would be impossible for them to tie in to it. These are no more prequels than 'Bates Motel' or 'Hannibal' are prequels to earlier movies featuring Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter.
These aren't prequels to the original 'Planet of the Apes', so it would be impossible for them to tie in to it. These are no more prequels than 'Bates Motel' or 'Hannibal' are prequels to earlier movies featuring Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter.
2:57PM on 07/24/2014

It's obviously going to be called:

War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes

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3:07PM on 07/24/2014
War? What is it good for?

"APE"-solutely nothing!

[scattered applause] Thank you, Thank you...I'm here all week!
War? What is it good for?

"APE"-solutely nothing!

[scattered applause] Thank you, Thank you...I'm here all week!
2:57PM on 07/24/2014
I think it would be a kind of interesting twist if somehow the humans won the war against the apes in an all out war that the ending of the second film was foreshadowing.

Or maybe bring back James Franco's character as one last chance to plead for humanity against the war against the apes. Would make the franchise come full circle.
I think it would be a kind of interesting twist if somehow the humans won the war against the apes in an all out war that the ending of the second film was foreshadowing.

Or maybe bring back James Franco's character as one last chance to plead for humanity against the war against the apes. Would make the franchise come full circle.
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4:40PM on 07/24/2014
Franco is DEAD lol
Franco is DEAD lol
2:28PM on 07/24/2014

Listen to what people want, War for the Planet of the Apes

People are invested and want to see the apes takes over, they want to see the humans be chased into the Wilderness, and the apes take our place.
People are invested and want to see the apes takes over, they want to see the humans be chased into the Wilderness, and the apes take our place.
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