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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the second installment in the recent Planet of the Apes reboot series, is set to hit theaters July 11th. Directing the film is Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), who took the place of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt.
20th Century Fox has begun showing rough cut screenings of Dawn to test audiences, which I assume has gained positive feedback so far, because the studio has officially signed Reeves on to direct the third installment as well. This can only mean good things if the studio is this quick to announce the directors’ return so early on.
What this also means is that we now officially have (at least) a trilogy on our hands, which is great to know at least one more film is on the horizon. And while the first film grossed a worldwide $482 million total, obviously there’s a widespread audience ready to see as much as they can from this franchise.
For me, this is great news. I’m a huge fan of the entire Planet of the Apes franchise, and was really impressed with Rise back in 2011. Like I said; for a studio to announce a directors’ return for a sequel after just showing rough cuts of his first attempt-then it must be good.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place a decade after the first film ended, when a virus spread rapidly, killing off much of the human population. The intelligent ape Caesar and his equally enhanced ape army, now seek revenge against the survivors who formed a human resistance. It is set to hit theaters July 11th, and stars Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell.
Written by Josh Sazin on January 8th, 2014