Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byMatt Reeves
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Rick Jaffa
  • Amanda Silver
Based onPremise suggested by Planet of the Apes 
by Pierre Boulle
Starring
Music byMichael Giacchino[1]
CinematographyMichael Seresin
Editing by
StudioChernin Entertainment
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • July 11, 2014 (2014-07-11)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$120 million[citation needed]
 
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byMatt Reeves
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Rick Jaffa
  • Amanda Silver
Based onPremise suggested by Planet of the Apes 
by Pierre Boulle
Starring
Music byMichael Giacchino[1]
CinematographyMichael Seresin
Editing by
StudioChernin Entertainment
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • July 11, 2014 (2014-07-11)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$120 million[citation needed]

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is an upcoming American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell. It is the sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which began 20th Century Fox's reboot of the original Planet of the Apes series. It is the eighth film in the franchise. The film is scheduled for release on July 11, 2014.

Plot[edit]

Eight years after the events of the first film, a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed eight years earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.[2]

Cast[edit]

Humans[edit]

Apes[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

After the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, director Rupert Wyatt commented on possible sequels: "I think we're ending with certain questions, which is quite exciting. To me, I can think of all sorts of sequels to this film, but this is just the beginning."[3] Screenwriter and producer Rick Jaffa also stated that Rise of the Planet of the Apes featured several clues as to future sequels: "I hope that we're building a platform for future films. We're trying to plant a lot of the seeds for a lot of the things you are talking about in terms of the different apes and so forth."[4]

In an interview recorded after the release of Rise, Wyatt stated that "We want to grow and evolve, in the films that will [hopefully] come after this, to the '68 original."[5] Wyatt also stated that he wants it to take place eight years after the original, as a whole new ape generation can be born, and explore the dynamics of Caesar and Koba's relationship.[6] According to screenwriter Rick Jaffa, a version of the spaceship from the 1968 Planet of the Apes under the name Icarus was in Rise as a deliberate hint to a possible sequel.[7]

In November 2011, Andy Serkis was the first to be announced as having closed a deal for a sequel to Rise. It was reported to be a "healthy seven-figure deal" for him to reprise his role as Caesar, the ape leader.[8] On May 15, 2012, it was announced Scott Z. Burns had been hired to do rewrites on the original screenplay by Rise writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.[9] On May 31, 2012, 20th Century Fox announced that the sequel, now titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, was scheduled for release on May 23, 2014.[10]

On September 17, 2012, there were reports that director Rupert Wyatt was considering leaving the sequel due to his concern that a May 2014 release date would not give him enough time to make the film properly.[11] On October 1, Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield, was confirmed as his replacement.[12] Reeves had been working on developing a new The Twilight Zone film.[13] On October 18, Mark Bomback, writer of Live Free or Die Hard, was reported to be doing a re-write for Reeves.[14] It was announced on June 20, 2013 that the release date for Dawn was being pushed back two months to July 18, 2014.[15] On December 10, 2013, the film was pushed up one week to July 11, 2014.[16]

Casting[edit]

In December 2012, after the departure of director Rupert Wyatt, James Franco speculated he will not be returning for the sequel, saying "Now Rupert's not a part of it so I don't know. My guess is I won't be in it. Nobody's talked to me since Rupert left."[17]

In February 2013, actors Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Kodi Smit-McPhee were cast in lead roles and the film set 15 years after the events from the first film.[18][19] In March 2013, actress Keri Russell was cast in a role.[20] That same month, Judy Greer was cast as Cornelia, a female chimp and love interest for Caesar.[21] Toby Kebbell, Enrique Murciano and Kirk Acevedo joined the cast during filming.[2] On May 15, 2013, Jocko Sims was cast in a supporting role of military operative Werner.[22]

Filming[edit]

Film set on Rampart Street, New Orleans, May 2013

Filming began in April 2013 around the town of Campbell River, British Columbia.[23] The location of Vancouver Island was chosen for its similarity to the locations depicted in the film, the forests, and the variety of landscapes.[24] Filming in New Orleans started in May 2013 and continued in July 2013 at various locations such as the former Six Flags park Six Flags New Orleans.[25]

Sequel[edit]

On January 7, 2014, the studio announced a third film with Matt Reeves returning to direct and co-write along with Mark Bomback with a July 29, 2016 release date.[26][27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt Reeves Twitter account". 
  2. ^ a b Romano, Paul (May 8, 2013). "DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Officially Begins Production; Plot Synopsis + Full Cast Unveiled". ComicBookMovie.com. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Giroux, Jack (April 15, 2011). "Interview: Director Rupert Wyatt on 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and The End of Cinema". FilmSchoolRejects.Com. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Lussier, Germain (April 14, 2011). "Collider Visits The Set of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES; Plus Video Blog". Collider.com. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rise - Rubert Wyatt on Crafting a Summer Blockbuster.wmv". YouTube. August 15, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ Yamato, Jen (August 8, 2012). "Rise of the Planet of the Apes Director Considers 'Full Metal Jacket with Apes' Sequel Idea". movieline.com. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ Collura, Scott (April 14, 2011). "Visit the Planet of the Apes". IGN. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (November 3, 2011). "Andy Serkis Closes Big ‘Planet Of The Apes’ Deal; Should Fox Campaign For Oscar?". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "'Contagion' Writer Tapped to Pen 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  10. ^ Davis, Edward (May 31, 2012). "'X-Men: First Class' & 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequels Set For Summer 2014; 'Independence Day 3D' Hits July 3, 2013". indiewire.com. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 17, 2012). "Another Fox Shocker: Is Rupert Wyatt Exiting ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes?’". www.deadline.com. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ Lussier, Germain. "Matt Reeves Confirmed to Helm ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’". Slashfilm.com. 
  13. ^ "Matt Reeves exits The Twilight Zone movie". Den of Geek. September 26, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (October 18, 2012). "'Wolverine' Writer Tapped for 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ "'Independence Day' sequel gets release date as 'X-Men', 'Apes' switch - Movies News". Digital Spy. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  16. ^ "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Moves Up One Week". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  17. ^ Gallagher, Brian (December 17, 2012). "James Franco Will Not Return in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - MovieWeb.com". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ Kit, Borys (February 19, 2013). "'Zero Dark' Actor Jason Clarke to Star in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  19. ^ Yamato, Jen (February 22, 2013). "‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Casts Kodi Smit-McPhee". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  20. ^ McNary, Dave (March 6, 2013). "Keri Russell Joins ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  21. ^ Buchanan, Kyle (March 28, 2013). "Judy Greer Joins Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ... As a Chimp!". Vulture.com. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  22. ^ Jocko Sims Joins ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  23. ^ Strang, Fay (April 11, 2013). "Magic behind the monkey: Andy Serkis sports motion caption suit on set of latest Planet Of The Apes… as Keri Russell makes her debut". Daily Mail. 
  24. ^ "Campbell River gets ready for ape invasion". CTV News. March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  25. ^ White, Jaquetta (July 14, 2013). "Plans mulled for dormant Six Flags". The Advocate. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  26. ^ Matt Reeves To Helm ‘Planet Of The Apes 3′
  27. ^ [1]

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