Friday, May 10, 2013

Dawn of the Apes Spoilers

Filming commenced a few weeks ago on Fox's sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which picks up a decade after the viral conclusion of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and finds ape leader Caesar leading his colony of intelligent apes while the remnants of humanity struggle to hang on. As you can imagine, I'm suitably stoked for this one, especially when you consider this'll be the first actual, honest-to-goodness Apes sequel in more than forty (!!) years, remakes and reboots notwithstanding.

With a cast that includes Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell as the humans, and Andy Serkis and Judy Greer doing mo-cap duty as the the apes, this one looks promising, though it remains an open question whether new helmer Matt Reeves will lead us to the nuclear apocalypse promised by the 1968 original. You can see Fox's logo for the new flick above, which cements its place as a the Memorial Day heavy hitter for next summer, which in turn cements the renewed franchise's significance (something I take an inordinate amount of pride in, as if I had anything remotely to do with it).

I'd been half-mocking the title on the MovieFilm show for the way "dawn" only incrementally advances the bar from "rise", but upon reflection I like the (unintentional?) comparison with Dawn of the Dead, and how that took the opening chords of the zombie apocalypse begun in George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and turned it into a full-blown sonata. As always with these things, especially a big franchise flick (and a Fox franchise flick at that), things could take a wrong turn very quickly, but one of the first set pics we've gotten sure fills me with confidence. It's spoilery as all heck, so I've placed it after the jump:

That's Andy Serkis on saddleback, chatting it up with Jason Clarke. So, at the very least, we know that the ape population ten years removed from Rise is openly conversing and riding horses. If past is prologue, this tells me that we're mere steps away from Chuck Heston getting chased through a cornfield!

(Source: Bleeding Cool)

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