Jason Clarke war for the planet of the apes

Over the three new Planet of the Apes movies, the apes having continued to work their way to the center stage. While Rise of the Planet of the Apes had its humans mostly at the forefront with Caesar, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes made most of the humans more side characters, and War for the Planet of the Apes does the same. These humans have hardly ever gotten in the way of Caesar’s story, though. They support it and are integral to his journey, especially Dawn‘s Malcolm (Jason Clarke), a human who recognized a great mind and soul in Caesar.

Below, director Matt Reeves discusses the bleak reference to Malcolm that was cut from his sequel.

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war for the planet of the apes ceasar and woody gun to the head

When news of a Planet of the Apes prequel franchise was first announced, plenty of people were skeptical, especially those who loved the classic film franchise that began in 1968 and spawned four sequels, a live-action TV series and an animated TV series. The 2001 remake directed by Tim Burton had already soured audiences all over the world. But 10 years later, we were all pleasantly surprised by Rise of the Planet of the Apes from director Rupert Wyatt, and even more enamored and impressed by the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, from filmmaker Matt Reeves in 2014.

Now, Reeves has returned behind the camera for War for the Planet of the Apes, a film that is not only one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade, but the concluding chapter in what will be regarded as one of the all-time greatest film trilogies. Read More »

the batman script

The Batman has lost an acclaimed director, gained another acclaimed director, reportedly almost lost its star, and now, it’s dropping its original script in favor of a completely new story.

Now, this could all be cause for alarm. But director Matt Reeves dropping Ben Affleck’s script to rewrite the story from scratch is something that has been brewing for a long time, and will likely be a good reset for the embattled production.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Clip

This week brings War for the Planet of the Apes to theaters, the third installment of the prequel trilogy that sets the stage for the 1968 classic starring Charlton Heston. The praise for this film has been off the charts, including my own review, where I called the film astounding and easily “one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade.”

For those who just can’t wait another day before the nationwide sneak preview screenings of War for the Planet of the Apes begin tomorrow evening, 20th Century Fox has a released a new clip from the movie. There’s a new character named Bad Ape in the movie (played perfectly by Steve Zahn), and in this clip, we see that he’s not exactly a fan of putting himself in harm’s way during a key moment in the film with Caesar’s ape ally Maurice (Karin Konoval).

Watch the War for the Planet of the Apes clip below. Read More »

War For the Planet of the Apes sequel

While The Batman is clearly the next priority for director Matt Reeves, the filmmaker behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the upcoming War For the Planet of the Apes isn’t ready to leave that franchise behind. He wants to make more movies set in that universe and already has ideas for what they’d be about.
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war for the planet of the apes influences

The Bridge on the River KwaiThe Outlaw Josey WalesBen-Hur, and Apocalypse Now – these are a few of the classic films that inspired War for the Planet of the Apes. The battle of wills from David Lean’s classic and The Thin Red Line‘s “darker, more nuanced reflection of human nature” were key influences for filmmaker Matt Reeves. Before Reeves’ sequel, which our own Ethan Anderson called “one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade,” hits theaters this week, he’s revealed a couple more influences, including Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackThe Great Escape, and Paths of Glory.

Below, learn more about the War for the Planet of the Apes influences.

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batman trilogy

Matt Reeves is riding high off the buzz and acclaim for his upcoming blockbuster masterpiece War for the Planet of the Apes, and it’s already got him thinking ahead about his next tentpole task: The Batman. Specifically, The Batman and its possible two sequels.

Reeves has said that he has been bouncing around ideas for a Batman trilogy within the DC Extended Universe. While he does plan to only focus on The Batman for now, Reeves has essentially admitted that he would be willing and eager to direct two more Batman films, should DC Films allow him to enact his vision. Hopefully, Ben Affleck could be persuaded to stick around for that long.

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the batman director

Part of the reason Matt Reeves‘ take on the Planet of the Apes movies works so well is that as Caesar reluctantly fights his way through various conflicts with humans, you can feel the filmmaker’s distaste for war permeating the story. He’s able to successfully balance blockbuster spectacle with genuine emotion and makes us care about the characters, an important aspect of storytelling that can often get lost in films of that scale.

Fans of Reeves’ approach will be happy to hear that he plans on carrying that mentality over to his take on the Caped Crusader with his new Batman movie (which is supposedly called The Batman, but is still officially untitled). In a new interview, the director talks about how he wants to tell “a very emotional Batman story” and also takes a moment to praise Christopher Nolan‘s techniques in The Dark Knight trilogy.
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the batman

Fresh off the critical acclaim for his stunning War for the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves is set on bringing a visionary take to his next franchise project, The Batman.

Contrary to the grim, action-driven versions of Batman we’ve seen lately, Reeves says he wants to bring out the “noir” side in the World’s Greatest Detective. About time.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

With just over two weeks to go until War for the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, we’re hitting that final round of marketing where 20th Century Fox is pulling out all the stops to convince audiences who haven’t already made up their mind about the sequel to buy a ticket when the time comes. That means the footage in promos is starting to venture into spoiler territory, and that’s especially true when it comes to a new international trailer.

Fox Star India has debuted a new trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes for audiences overseas, but since the internet knows no bounds, it’s available for all to see. However, let me say that if you’ve already decided to see this blockbuster sequel that yours truly called “one of the most significant blockbusters of the decade” then do not watch this trailer. It gives away far too much, including one plot point from early on that serves as the catalyst for the rest of the film. You’ve been warned!

For everyone else, watch the new War for the Planet of the Apes trailer below. Read More »