Among the usual superheroes, transformers, and YA novel adaptations, one of the more successful films in 2014 was the reboot sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which – like its predecessor Rise – once again impressed fans and critics alike. So far, the two films have successfully managed to combine the original 40-year-old Planet of the Apes concept and an exciting, new direction to form a harmonious blend of past and present.
Unfortunately, before Dawn‘s credits rolled, all hope for peace and harmony had been lost between the humans and simians. Standing before a mass of apes, Caesar declares his worst fear: war has already begun. With this final line, Caesar was not only glimpsing the future of his world, but also the future of the Apes franchise.
According to Collider, sources have unofficially confirmed the title of the third installment: War of the Planet of the Apes.
It’s not a surprising title choice; in fact, we here at Screen Rant predicted it right after Dawn’s release, and even discussed the title with DotPotA director Matt Reeves, regarding the themes such a film would explore.
Now that it seems like War is the official title, it certainly suggests that Reeves is aiming to once again create a thrilling, complex story that continues the Apes saga and stands on its own as a unique film experience. While Rise was more of a science-fiction tale of discovery, and Dawn a dramatic study of politics and Xenophobia, War promises to be a full-blown war film (obviously) that further raises the stakes, action, and scope.
That being said, there’s no telling how much time will pass between Dawn and War. Reeves could very well repeat himself by fast forwarding multiple years, plunging us into the heart of a raging war, or he could show the gradual beginnings of battle.
What we do know, however, is that Caesar will ascend to become the “ape Moses”, suggesting the film will lean more Ten Commandments rather than Fury or Saving Private Ryan in terms of the storyline. The question then becomes, will the film end with Caesar successfully “freeing” his people and leading them to “the promised land”? And if so, where does that leave the series in terms of further sequel growth, considering Reeves is adamant that he does not want to remake or revisit the original? Whatever the answer, viewers can expect the biggest Apes film yet come 2017.
The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sequel – unofficially titled War of the Planet of the Apes – will hit U.S. theaters on July 14, 2017.