Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Concept Art
Updated: We have added more concept art at the end of this post, which originally appeared on July 14th 2014.

I love looking at concept art. Often the art created to inspire the movies is more incredible than the films themselves (for example, look at some of the beautiful concept art created for the Star Wars prequels). The Aaron Sims Company were hired to create some concept art for Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, and have put some of their work online for all to admire.

ASC worked closely with Weta on both films to design all of the main and ancillary ape characters from the ground up. In the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they sculpted a bust for Caesar to ensure a hyper-realistic feel. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, ASC worked on aging the apes and creating the apes’ ceremonial look, which includes face paint and other ornamentation taken from nature.

While the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art features some shots of the Apes living and hunting in the wild, I was more taken by the portrait work focusing on the faces of Koba, Caesar, Cornelia, and Maurice. One big revelation is that the Apes almost wore primitive clothing. Check out the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art after the jump.
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Apehood

We usually put mash-up trailers in our link blog round-up Page 2,  but I think this one is worth a breakout because it combines the two best movies of 2014 (so far, at least in my opinion), Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Nelson Carvajal has edited the two movies into a trailer titled “Apehood” (which also includes footage from Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Both Dawn and Boyhood are in theaters now, make time to see both of these films on the big screen.

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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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Everything Wrong With Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

In honor of the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes next week, CinemaSins has released Everything Wrong With Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, a video making fun of the problems in the 20th Century Fox 2011 science fiction prequel/reboot (or what I call pre-boot) of the Planet of the Apes franchise. The nit-picky video runs nine minutes and dissects every little lapse in logic in the film. Watch CinemaSins’ Everything Wrong With Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes video now after the jump.

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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 »

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Today’s Sequel Bits are ordered from least to most family-friendly, just because. After the jump:

  • Casting call reveals Human Centipede 3 plot details
  • Take a first peek at Chucky in Curse of Chucky
  • First teaser photo from Insidious Chapter 2 revealed
  • Set photos from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes show a run-down San Francisco
  • Evangeline Lilly chats about her new Hobbit character Tauriel
  • You’ll be able to watch Despicable Me 2 with special minion-inspired 3D glasses
  • Another Dolphin Tale is shooting this fall

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the biggest surprises of 2011. Directed by relative newcomer Rupert Wyatt and delving back into a franchise that most people felt had long since died, the movie’s high quality helped it break out as a undeniable hit, grossing $176 million domestically. As tends to be the case, plans for a sequel were set into motion almost immediately and over the next few months Wyatt signed to return as director, star Andy Serkis was given a new deal and the original screenwriters, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, began to write the sequel to the prequel.

The Hollywood Reporter now says Scott Z. Burns, the writer behind Contagion, The Informant! and The Bourne Ultimatum, has signed to work on the film. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Debate has gone on for months over whether or not Andy Serkis should be nominated for an Oscar for his work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The issue at hand isn’t the work done by Serkis, which is clearly strong. It is the fact that he did that work on set but isn’t actually seen in the film, as his physical presence is painted out and replaced with the all-CGI ape Caesar.

The problem, inasmuch as there is one, is that some people have a difficult time seeing through that wash of pixels to understand the work that Serkis did for the film. But a new clip shows a full scene as captured by cameras on set, with Serkis performing as Caesar, and then presents the same scene with his CG alter-ego in place. If you had any doubts about what sort of work Serkis did for the role, this will erase them. Read More »

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