When the apes rose, our population began declining with the outbreak of a virus that took over the globe. I loved the first prequel, but somehow I was let down by the fact that we won’t be seeing Caesar coordinating anymore plans of attack against our highly advanced specie. I think I really would’ve enjoyed a film centered around Caesar’s countless campaigns against the humans who want to eradicate them, but alas, that’s not the direction they had in mind and I’m…still okay with it.
Here’s a compilation of news for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
1) Rupert Wyatt, the director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, left the project over creative differences with the studio.
2) They hired Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) to direct the sequel. I really like this decision because both of those movies were visually stunning and tightly scripted.
3) Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) will star in this picture and James Franco will not be returning. I think I would’ve appreciated some inter-species bromance between James (we’re Facebook friends) and Caesar after the ape retaliation, but that sadly won’t be happening.
4) The film will take place 15 years after the last one. I assume we’ll be seeing a setting not-unlike the zombie post apocalypse. This could also mean that we will possibly see a more evolved form of the apes, as they continue to develop and become more like humans. I mean, 15 years is not a huge enough time span for changes to occur, but we don’t know what other side effects the virus had.
5) Jason Clarke will be playing an unspecified role, but he’ll probably be involved with a group of scientists trying to survive in San Francisco. I assume this means that there are other people who are immune to the virus and perhaps this will lead to some complicated human versus human conflict over supplies.
6) Another plot thread will involve Caesar being tested as he struggles to maintain his dominance over the apes. Maybe there’ll be splinter factions that he has to swiftly quiet down so his people won’t continue to question his authority. This is the part I am most excited for.
7) Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard) is writing the script. He was also involved with the lifeless Total Recall (2012) screenplay and Race to Witch Mountain. He’s apparently got the writing credit for The Wolverine as well, which suddenly deflates my confidence in that project. I mean, sure, there are times when your hands are forced and you compromise the story in order to add whatever the studio execs want in the film, but I really do hope that he overcompensates for the lack of vision in his previous scripts. I don’t know. I just want good movies.
8) They’re looking to start shooting in Spring and the movie is set to come out on May 23rd, 2014 in 3-D.
That’s it so far. I hope I’ve enlightened some of your damn dirty lives.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Written by Daniel Lee