When director Rupert Wyatt announced he would be returning to explore the iconic dystopian world of “Planet of the Apes,” in 2011, we couldn’t help but be sidelined – especially given the lopsided titles that have already taken off. is part of the saga.
However, the result went far beyond what was expected, winning over audiences and critics around the world. It didn’t take long for Warner Bros. investing in the sequel to an unexpected franchise, hiring Matt Reeves (“The Batman”) to helm the upcoming “Planet of the Apes: The Showdown”. Like the original chapter, the feature captured the attention of pundits and grossed over $ 710 million at the box office worldwide, earning applause for the cast’s direction, storytelling, and performance.
Earning an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects, the story takes place ten years after the simian flu wiped out much of humanity. Caesar (Andy Serkis), along with the other monkeys who have won their desire for freedom, live in the forest near San Francisco. There they developed their own community, based on mutual support as humans struggle to stay alive. Without electricity, a group of survivors plans to invade the forest and reactivate the power plant installed there. The only one who knows apes well, Malcolm (Jason Clarke) tries to act peacefully and prevent the confrontation from happening.
To celebrate its recent seven-year anniversary, CinePOP has compiled a list of various behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the film, which you can check out below:
James Franco starred in the first installment of the trilogy, “Planet of the Apes: The Origin”, as Will Rodman, but did not return for the sequel. In ‘The Confrontation’, there are two clues that point to your character’s fate: when Caesar returns to the house where he lived, you can see a large “X” symbol on the door. Usually this means that a person living there is infected – so it is assumed that he was one of the first to die from the plague. Plus, Will’s jeep is still parked in front of the house, covered in weeds and vegetation. If Will had left the house, he would have taken the car. The orangutan that appears in the film is called Maurice, named after Maurice Evans. Evans brought the orangutan Dr. Zaius to life in “Planet of the Apes” (1968) and “Return to the Planet of the Apes” (1970).
The book that Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee) shares with Maurice is “Black Hole” by Charles Burns. The tale works like a fantastic allegory about sexually transmitted infections among American teens that turn them into exiles. The book has several similarities to the franchise, including the fact that the exiles live in the forest, separated from the rest of the world. According to Reeves, the production’s original draft, which was written before he was hired, was placed even further into the future, where the monkeys had acquired the ability to speak fluently. However, Reeves thought it would be more interesting to explore Caesar’s arc at an earlier stage, asking for permission to rewrite the script from scratch. The request was accepted, on the condition that the film was completed within the pre-established timeframe.
During the monkey attack on the human settlement, a huge gorilla throws a burning barrel. The sequel pays homage to the classic video game series called “Donkey Kong”. It was the seventh motion capture film Serkis was working on. Between 2001 and 2014, the actor brought to life several iconic pop culture characters, including Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” and Caesar in the trilogy in question. This is the first time in the franchise that monkeys have been portrayed as omnivores. We see them each hunting (a kind of deer) at the start of the movie and later we can see them eating the animal.
The name Blue Eyes was given to Caesar’s son for being the first in a generation to be born without the chemicals that changed other monkeys’ eyes to green when they were trapped in the lab. Despite a brief video appearance, Franco had no involvement or knowledge of this participation. The video in question had been saved from the recordings of ‘The Origin’. In an interview, Franco commented, “Wait, do I have an appearance? I didn’t even know it. You know, I don’t think they even asked for my permission. ”
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