Speaking with MTV, Andy Serkis, was asked about the setting for the upcoming third film and revealed that the third film may not be the conclusion to the franchise. He stated: "It's very, very early in where we choose to drop anchor in the next film. It could be five years after the event, it could be the night after the events of where we left 'Dawn,' so it's very difficult to know where the story is going right at this moment because it's being written as we speak. I know that part of the desire for 'Matt Reeves' to do this next movie is about continuing the enjoyment of seeing these apes evolve. So I don't think we're going to see a situation where we're jumping....It might be three films, It could be four. It could be five. Who knows? But the journey will continue. It might not necessarily be summarized or completely fulfilled in this next one. The point being, eventually we know that we're going to end up back at 'The Planet of the Apes,' but whether it's this film or not, I don't know."
Andy Serkis, Terry Notary, and Karin Konoval are the only actors to be in all three of this Planet of the Apes trilogy. Serkis as Caesar, the chimp leader or the apes, Notary as Rocket, a chimp who is one of Caesar's most trusted & faithful followers, and Konoval as Maurice, an orangutan that like Rocket is one of Caesar's most trust & faithful followers. Serkis and Nortay have coincidentally also both played King Kong; Serkis in Peter Jackson's film King Kong (2005) and Nortay in Kong: Skull Island (2017) that same year.
According to director Matt Reeves, the name of the group of rebelling humans are the Alpha & Omega, a reference to the bomb the mutants worshiped in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The logo on their helments and flag matches the original logo on the bomb.
Serkis mentioned that the film will be accompanied by a video game, for which he is performing motion capture
In October 2016, it was announced that a fourth Planet of the Apes film is already being planned.
In the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caeser could only utter a few words, most notably "No!" In the second film, his vocabulary had greatly increased, able to speak in nearly full sentences with syntax and grammar, but still with a rough tone and cadence to his voice. In this film, he is able to speak nearly identical to what a human can produce, indicating his growth into personhood.
Director Matt Reeves is only the second person to return to direct a PoTA film (the first being J. Lee Thompson).
The little girl named Nova is named after the character played by Linda Harrison in the first and second films in the original franchise.
The actor who played Caesar's son Blue Eyes has been changed from Nick Thurston to Max Lloyd-Jones
This will be Matt Reeves second directorial film in the rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise. The first being Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).
This will be the third installment in the newly rebooted Planet of the Apes franchise.
According to director Matt Reeves, the apes that serve the humans are called "Donkeys", both as a reference to Donkey Kong and like donkeys, they are used as pack animals.
The Orangutan played by Karin Konoval, is named Maurice. In the the original Planet of the Apes (1968), The Orangutan, Dr. Zaius is played by actor Maurice Evans.
This is the third time Steve Zahn had played a talking animal. Zahn previously played Monty the cat in the Stuart Little films, Archie the bear in Dr Dolittle 2. In this film he plays a chimpanzee named Bad Ape.
Human soldier slogans as seen on the poster include quotes about: "The only good ape, is a dead ape", which is a reference to the gorilla General Ursus' popular quote from the 1970 "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" film, albeit the tables have turned.
The first ever teaser trailer debuted at the New York Comic Con on 6th October 2016.
Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson both appear in Star Wars films. Serkis plays Supreme Leader Snoke in the Sequel Trilogy, and Harrelson plays Beckett in the Han Solo film.
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