The Planet of the Apes is a legendary sci-fi franchise. Sure, there may have been one too many sequels back in the day, but that didn’t stop it from being a beloved piece of cinematic history. So widespread was its history that when the prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes was announced, fans were in an uproar. Why would they try and reboot something so beloved? How can anything that happens in the film live up to our imaginations? It couldn’t, right?
Rise of the Planet of the Apes ended up being a much better movie than it should have been. And then director Matt Reeves came on board for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He blew the previous film out of the water and made what is one of my favorite films of all-time. It’s an epic sci-fi tale of Shakespearean proportions that manages to be personal at the same time. While War for the Planet of the Apes didn’t end up topping its predecessor, it did make for a solid capper to the whole thing.
And now, with a new Planet of the Apes film on the horizon, we can’t help but be a bit nervous that the legacy of the prequels will now be tarnished. This concern was slightly heightened when Discussing Film reported at the film would actually be a reboot, not a continuation of the prequels.
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So, in a sense, they would be undoing the legacy of the entire franchise going forward. Obviously, there were plenty of fans who weren’t too happy to see such a legacy erased. But is that actually what’s going to happen? Director Wes Ball took umbrage with the report and expressed his discontentment on Twitter.
“It’s never been easier for film journalists to actually get in touch with the actual people who actually know… but maybe it’s the point to NOT fact-check these days?
Regardless. Don’t worry. I won’t ruin the surprises, but it’s safe to say Caesar’s legacy will continue…🤫”
Of course, as far as HOW the new Planet of the Apes film will continue, time will only tell. I think what’s always been interesting about the franchise is the apes’ relationship with the humans. As such, there will need to be that human-ape dynamic in some way. Does that mean it could take place generations of apes later after Caesar’s death? And how far before the original film?
Well, there’s plenty of stuff they can do to fill in on either side of the Apes timeline, so I think it’s possible for this legacy to be grown in a satisfying way. After all, we were all impressed with the prequel, so who’s to say this can’t be great too?
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SOURCE: Wes Ball