After the release of the motion poster yesterday, director Matt Reeves has revealed more information about War For The Planet Of The Apes in a New York Comic-Con special preview.
The preview showed seven minutes of incomplete footage and commentary from director Matt Reeves, producer Dylan Clark, and star Andy Serkis.
The film, which is the third chapter of the rebooted sci-fi series (preceded by 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and 2014’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes), is supposedly set to feature more action than has ever been seen before in the eight film franchise, which began in 1968 with Planet Of The Apes.
The plot is looking as though we will see Caesar and the apes battling the military colonel intent on wiping them out, played by Woody Harrelson - as implied by the ending of Dawn.
The motion poster released yesterday for the Comic-Con digital billboard sees ape leader Caesar (played by Andy Serkis) warning that “war has begun”.
Reeves revealed that the beginning of this story will take place two years after the end of Dawn: “Caesar is fighting a war that he didn't want. He's in the woods. They've all retreated because apes know the woods better than humans. It has been a brutal fight, there have been huge losses on both sides, and Caesar's haunted by Koba, what he had to do, and this feeling that somehow if he could have seen what it was, the fact that Koba had this experience with humans that was so dark that he could never coexist with them, that if Andy as Caesar had been able to ... I think Andy and Caesar are the same ... If they had been able to anticipate that, this war could have been avoided. The journey of the story, the mythic journey, is that Caesar comes to understand exactly why Koba felt the way he did, because he gets pushed, through the extremes of war, to a place that's similar to where Koba was. The question is, will he be able to transcend that?”
The film is due to be released in the UK next July.