Even before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was a rousing box office success and garnered Oscar talk for Andy Serkis, though his performance is all motion capture, we already knew that we were going another installment in the revamped franchise. Planet of the Apes 3 is already scheduled for release on July 29, 2016, and we couldn’t be more pumped. But that may not be all we have to look forward to.
While many expected the third film to be the close of a trilogy, it’s looking like there may be much more in store. Talking to MTV, Serkis had a lot to say about the next chapter in the Apes saga. He started off talking about the as yet untitled next installment, and what it might look like. For those expecting to a significant jump forward in time, it doesn’t look like we’re going to see a world completely dominated by intelligent apes just yet.
It’s very, very early in where we choose to drop anchor in the next film. It could be five years after the event, it could be the night after the events of where we left ‘Dawn,’ so it’s very difficult to know where the story is going right at this moment because it’s being written as we speak. I know that part of the desire for Matt [Reeves] to do this next movie is about continuing the enjoyment of seeing these apes evolve. So I don’t think we’re going to see a situation where we’re jumping….
When asked about potential chapters beyond this one, Serkis appears to be as in the dark as everyone else. He said:
It might be three films, It could be four. It could be five. Who knows? But the journey will continue. It might not necessarily be summarized or completely fulfilled in this next one. The point being, eventually we know that we’re going to end up back at ‘The Planet of the Apes,’ but whether it’s this film or not, I don’t know.
Especially if the third Apes film is a hit, as the previous two were, you have to think 20th Century Fox will want to extend the trip as long as the can. It would be cool to see them get to the point where the world is similar to the one we saw all those years ago in Planet of the Apes. That would help give a feeling of completion to the new series. And these movies have been awesome, and we’ll keep watching them as long as they’re good. On that note, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits Blu-ray next week.
What do you think? Would you like to keep seeing more of these new Planet of the Apes movies, or would you like to see them cut it off after the next one?