After the rise, there will be a new dawn. As Dawn of the Planet of the Apes starts to come together, the ostensible lead of the film, Andy Serkis, talks about the new role Caesar has to play as the bridge between humans and apes and his new role as leader of the Planet of the Apes.
While promoting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Serkis explained how the ape revolution starts with Caesar. After Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the ape population in San Francisco starts to obtain the same cognitive abilities as Caesar after he infects with the experimental serum. Here’s Serkis:
The interesting thing now will be how Caesar operates in this world—because of the virus that hits at the end of the first movie — and how Caesar brings an accord between the apes and the surviving humans and that’s going to be interesting where we take that.
Given the story of the original films, we’re betting the diplomacy between man and ape won’t last long.
This series is quickly becoming the thinking man’s prequel series, which can largely be attributed to Serkis’ excellent performance as the simian Caesar. Will the sequel be more thoughtful or action-packed?
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hasn’t had the smoothest of starts after the surprise success of the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011. The film’s original director, Rupert Wyatt, left the sequel project after Twentieth Century Fox wanted a quick turnaround with the sequel. Wyatt walked away to work on Agent 13, starring Charlize Theron, and then director Matt Reeves joined the project, after himself walking away from The Twilight Zone remake.
Screenwriter Mark Bomback was tapped to rewrite Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa’s original script. Bomback also wrote scripts for Live Free or Die Hard, Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake, Unstoppable, and The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman. Silver and Jaffa wrote the script for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due in theaters everywhere on May 23, 2014.