war for the planet of the apes

By now, you’ve already seen the first trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, the next chapter in the prequel saga. But yesterday at a footage presentation in New York, we were treated to a little bit more than that. We got to check out a few lengthy clips from the film, albeit in unfinished form. One was the very first scene of the film, which establishes the ongoing conflict between humans and apes and introduces the human character played by Gabriel Chavarria. And the other introduces a new ape character, played by Steve Zahn. Click through for our detailed War for the Planet of the Apes footage recap.  Read More »

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On January 13th, 2016, I traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia Canada to visit the set of Matt ReevesWar for the Planet of the Apes. After the jump you’ll be able to read a round-up of everything I learned while on the War for the Planet of the Apes set visit. Elsewhere on this site you can read interviews with some of the producers and stars of the film.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer

It’s all been leading up to this. Rise of the Planet of the Apes showed us the unusual origins of Caesar (Andy Serkis), while Dawn of the Planet of the Apes chronicled his rise as a leader — and his struggle to keep the peace. Now the conflict between man and ape comes to a head in War for the Planet of the Apes, as Caesar faces off against an army of humans led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

Meanwhile, Caesar is fighting another, more internal battle against his own darker instincts. And, well, it’s no spoiler to say this is probably going to turn out very, very badly for us humans. Watch the first War for the Planet of the Apes trailer below.  Read More »

War for the Planet of the Apes panel recap

Yesterday director Matt Reeves, producer Dylan Clark, and star Andy Serkis hit New York Comic-Con with the first footage from War for the Planet of the Apes. We’ve already recapped what we saw here, but in between those segments the trio also took some time to talk about what we can expect from the movie. To put it briefly: things are getting freakin’ dark. Read our War for the Planet of the Apes panel recap below.  Read More »

Planet of the Apes Prequels

Last night 20th Century Fox debuted the first teaser trailer and footage from War for the Planet of the Apes, the third film in the prequel franchise leading up to the events of the classic 1968 film starring Charlton Heston. As Angie Han’s recap of the trailer and footage revealed, humans and apes are in an all out war, but Caesar still wrestles with the compassion he has for humans, having been raised by them and even helped by a few of them at various points.

The first intelligent ape has been an emotional anchor for the whole series since it began with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but eventually he’ll have to die, whether at the hands of a human, or just because of old age. So when that time comes, will that be the end of the new Planet of the Apes prequels? According to franchise director Matt Reeves, the answer is no. Read More »

8 Movies That Inspired War for the Planet of the Apes

War for the Planet of the Apes is a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and a prequel to Planet of the Apes. But when it came time for Matt Reeves and Mark Bomback to write the script, the Apes movies were far from the only ones they looked to for inspiration. War for the Planet of the Apes is a war film, of course, but it’s also got shades of a Biblical epic and a Western drama. Below, let’s look at eight movies that inspired War for the Planet of the ApesRead More »

Mouse guard

Matt Reeves is currently wrangling CG apes for War for the Planet of the Apes and Gary Whitta is just coming down from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but they’re both thinking much, much smaller for their next project. Reeves and Whitta are teaming up for a Mouse Guard movie, based on David Petersen‘s Eisner-winning graphic novel. It’s billed as a “CG live-action” project — think Jon Favreau’s The Jungle BookRead More »

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J.J. Abrams is a busy man. Not only did he direct, produce and co-write Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he still found some time left over in his day to produce a follow-up to Matt Reeves‘ POV monster movie Cloverfield.

Dan Trachtenberg‘s 10 Cloverfield Lane might not be a sequel (although Abrams seems to suggest one could still happen one day), so how does it connect to the original Cloverfield movie? Will God Particle be third film in the “Clover-verse”? And might Cannibal Airlines actually become a real movie? We also learn how Abrams found director Dan Trachtenberg, discuss the cleverly minimal marketing campaign, and get the details on Bear McCreary‘s masterful score. And the best thing is this interview is entirely SPOILER FREE, so don’t be afraid to start reading now.
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10 Cloverfield Lane Early Buzz

There has been plenty of mystery surrounding Dan Trachtenberg‘s feature directorial debut, 10 Cloverfield Lane. The first trailer revealed the project is related to Matt Reeves‘ found footage monster film, but producer J.J. Abrams has clarified it’s not a direct sequel. We’ll soon learn how much 10 Cloverfield Lane shares in common with Cloverfield, considering the film opens in theaters this weekend. Early reviews for the thriller have hit the web, and much to our delight, they’re all very positive thus far.

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Matt Reeves directing Let Me In

Matt Reeves last helmed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and is now in the middle of shooting War for the Planet of the Apes, but his next project could finally get him away from those damn dirty apes. Reeves is producing the thriller Spring Offensive, with an eye toward possibly directing once his Ape-related commitments are done. More about the Matt Reeves Spring Offensive movie after the jump.  Read More »