At the end of Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, we knew the next step in the franchise is war between humans and apes with Caesar saying “War has… already begun. Ape started war. And human… Human will not forgive.” Now we have our next title for the upcoming sequel, War of the Planet of the Apes.
Director Matt Reeves has been pushing and wanting to put the apes into war even at the end of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with an original ending but ended up cutting it since it would have felt to cluttered. Here’s his full quote.
“We actually did have an ending that went one step further, and I realized late in the game, ‘Wait a minute. I don’t want us to be boxed in in this way. I think we should be left with a more open—knowing that we were going to figure out what the next story is—I didn’t want to in a way narrow our options.’ I wanted to open them up. What was really most important was to leave you in that emotional space with Caesar, which is the ending of the movie that you’ve seen, and know that the future is coming, but not already be at that future. Because the moment is really about the moment that’s past. It could have been the planet of the humans and the apes, and that parting between Caesar and Malcolm is a very emotional moment to me, and I didn’t want something that distracted and became something else. So yeah, there actually was another version of the movie, and that version never even got fully realized. We cut it late, but the effects for it weren’t realized for it either.”
War of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters on July 14, 2017.