matt reeves star wars/Planet of the Apes

One of the interesting bits of trivia I learned while talking to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves was that the first movie he made was a Planet of the Apes/Star Wars mash-up called Galactic Battles. Find out more about that long lost film and how it feels for two childhood friends (Reeves and JJ Abrams) who geeked out as teenagers over Star Wars and Planet of the Apes to be in charge of making new films in those franchises.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a big success, and 20th Century Fox wanted a sequel in theaters for May 2014. Rise director Rupert Wyatt didn’t feel that would give him enough time to make the film properly and dropped out late in the development process, only a couple months before shooting was scheduled to begin. Cloverfield/Let Me In director Matt Reeves was quickly hired to replace Wyatt. But before Reeves signed on, Fox was looking to make a much different film.

“When I first arrived, [Fox] pitched me the story they were gonna do and I thought I wasn’t gonna do the film,” Reeves told me in an exclusive interview. “I wasn’t gonna do the film because it was a story that I didn’t quite connect to.”

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was originally developed to be a very different movie, and production was set to begin in a matter of only a handful of weeks. Find out the story of how Matt Reeves completely reworked the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes story from the ground up, forming one of the greatest opening sequences you’ll see this year.

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Dawn of Apes Art Book

More so than pretty much any movie this summer, you’re going to walk out of Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes and think, “How the HECK did they do that?” The combination of technical expertise mixed with dramatic artistry is absolutely magnificent and, somehow, a huge step up from the already-impressive Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Mix those elements with a complex, emotional story of acceptance, family and prejudice, add in a ton of huge action, and you’ve got one of the best films of the summer.

As for that question of “How,” author Matt Hurwitz has your answers in the new book Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films. Out July 8, it’s filled with concept art and behind the scenes images from both films and, below, we’ve got some exclusive early glimpses. Check out the Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art below. Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prequel shorts

Fox and Vice have teamed for an interesting project: three short films which act as prequels to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Collectively called Before the Dawn, these shorts explore the time between the end of the last film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and the ten years in which the so-called Simian Flu devastated the human population. Each takes place at a different point in the timeline, marking one, five, and ten-year points in the pandemic. All three Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prequel shorts are below, along with a trailer for a related documentary.  Read More »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes illustrated poster premiere

20th Century Fox has given us an web-exclusive illustrated ”Hail Caesar” poster for Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes to premiere this morning. The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes illustrated poster was created by UK artist Matt Needle, putting the spotlight on Caesar, the leader of the apes played by Andy Serkis in the film via performance capture. Its nice that big movie studios are starting to release their own Mondo-style illustrated posters, if only for online promotion. Hit the jump to see the poster in full.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Soundtrack Listing

Composer Michael Giacchino has been known to have a little fun with the titles of the songs he creates for movies, but his original motion picture score for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is particularly full of puns. For example, one of the tracks in titled “Close Encounters of the Furred Kind”, while his end credits score is titled “Planet of the End Credits”. Check out the full Dawn of the Planet of the Apes soundtrack listing after the jump. Don’t worry, the track listing it spoiler free (unless of course you consider a track title like “Enough Monkeying Around” a spoiler).

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes early buzz

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: I have finally been given the green light to give you my reaction to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (in more than a tweet). Read my thoughts and watch a video blog I recorded after the screening after the jump.

 

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Breaking Bad - Jesse

Sorry, Breaking Bad fans: Aaron Paul says he won’t appear in Better Call Saul after all. Also after the jump:

  • The next Beverly Hills Cop will head to Michigan
  • Mission: Impossible 5 might film in the Houses of Parliament
  • Benjamin Bratt hops on for Ride Along 2
  • Pitch Perfect 2 adds Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
  • A top GM designer has a cameo in Transformers 4
  • Mark Wahlberg promises Ted is as lovably awful as ever
  • Stanley Tucci is glad Mockingjay was split in two
  • David Duchovny wants more X-Files movies
  • Watch another Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clip

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