When Twentieth Century Fox hired Matt Reeves to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we saw it as a good sign that the studio was already thinking about a sequel. Now we’ve also got the official release date for the next installment in the rebooted film series, and the good news is that we won’t have to wait as long between movies this time around.
As reported on our sister site CinemaBlend, the sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 29, 2016, only two years after Dawn hits theaters. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released in August 2011, so it was a three-year wait for its sequel to be released. At the moment, the third of the rebooted Planet of the Apes films will open two weeks after an untitled Marvel July 2016 Project, which might be Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor 3, or Doctor Strange, on July 8, 2016. That will also put it three weeks after Independence Day 2 hits theaters across the country on July 1.
As for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a new behind-the-scenes image of Andy Serkis in motion-capture gear has surfaced on the Internet. Serkis is the master of motion-capture performances thanks to his portrayal of CGI characters such as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake, and now Caesar in the Apes series. It’s only going to be a matter of time before Serkis will be the first actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for bringing a CGI character to life.
Dawn takes place 10 years after the events of Rise, in the year 2026. The mysterious Simian Flu virus has wiped out a majority of the human population, while the ape population continues to evolve rapidly. The film’s structure will feature two storylines: one that will follow a small group of human survivalists trying to find a cure, and the other focusing on Caesar’s dominance over the apes. It’s believed the two storylines will come together for an explosive climax.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will star Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nick Thurston, Toby Kebbell, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Judy Greer, and Andy Serkis as Caesar. Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) and screenwriter Mark Bomback (The Wolverine) rewrote Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver’s script. Jaffa and Silver also wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ original screenplay.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters everywhere on July 11, 2014, in 3D, while its untitled sequel will open on July 29, 2016. Care to guess the title of the new sequel film? I say it will be called Control of the Planet of the Apes or Reign of the Planet of the Apes, but leave your best guess in the comments below.