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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes could have been Very Different

Last week, Rupert Wyatt, the director of the first Apes film in 2011 (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) sat down and discussed what his original vision was for this year’s sequel (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) but he first praised the sequel’s director (Matt Reeves) who, himself, is ready to tackle more Apes mythology.

“I thought it was beautifully directed; an incredibly well-made film.” said Wyatt to Collider last week “It’s hard, you know, because I very much wanted to do the sequel.  I was very passionate about doing the sequel and other films.”

“I’m thrilled in a way for Matt and what he achieved with that because he achieved something I probably couldn’t have because he did something different.”

However, Wyatt – obviously pleased by Reeves’ direction he took with the sequel – couldn’t shake the vision he originally had for the sequel when he was watching it: “I just had a very different take, and very different idea of what the movie was going to be, so it’s always going to be colored by that.”

Then Wyatt went on to explain that his Dawn of the Planet of the Apes would have explored historical traits, such as the way us humans always seem to set off a civil war when there is a revolution in play.

Caesar to be the next Malcolm X and Martin Luther King?


There were two people in particular that Wyatt spotlighted who he wanted the main ape, Caesar, to have emulated in his version; “For me, the majority of revolutions, probably the American Revolution aside, 9 times out of 10 it results in civil war.  A revolution happens and then it fragments, and you have a civil war.  So we always set out on that path with Caesar and Koba becoming in a way the Martin Luther King and the Malcolm X of the revolution and the clash as the result of that.”

“I think the fundamental thing I wanted to do, which I think the franchise will probably do—and I haven’t talked specifically to Matt or Mark Bomback, the writer, of where they’re going with this—but I would imagine the thing that they’re going to go to was the thing I was hoping to do with the sequel, which is go into the cities.  Evolve technically, sort of figure out the combustion engine, so in a way interact with our society.  And for me, I found that fascinating, and I guess what Matt wanted to do—and obviously it was his first Apes film—was play out more the interim aspect of it.  Keep them in the forest for longer and stuff, so that was the fundamental difference between our takes on it.”

It will be interesting to see what Matt Reeves (who signed on for the third film in July this year) will do with the next in the Apes series. If Reeves will take what Wyatt said and delve into how the apes evolve with new technology around them, then there is no doubt that the third film will feature the apes in a state where they have evolved intellectually, and would have built a fully-functioning society; however, if they live in the city, they could try and restore it to what it once was, or evolve the city into their own literal, concrete jungle.

No doubt the apes are smart creatures, but can they build a fully functional city that is equipped with advanced technology?

Well, in short, we know that the third film will categorically not have any kind of time jump like we saw between the first two films (ten years).

So, a technology leap may be out of the question for the next film; however, maybe not for the future of the franchise, as Fox have stated that the future is bright for this Apes’ series, and Matt Reeves has recently echoed that, “it’s a generational story. He (Caesar) has children and I think it’s going to be… to me there are many chapters of this mythic ape journey towards the original 1968 movie.”

For now though, if you were a fan of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, then be sure to check out this exciting new trailer for Rupert Wyatt’s third feature film, The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman.

Let me know below if you think Wyatt’s vision for the sequel of a more urban setting would have been more, or less, successful than Reeves’ film.