Why James Franco Had To Cameo And 4 More Tidbits We Learned About Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes At WonderCon

By Eric Eisenberg 2014-04-20 21:25:54discussion comments
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Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes completely blew our minds back in 2011, proving that it was possible to create a truly excellent reboot/prequel for an established Hollywood franchise. The success of that film has us filled with incredible anticipation for the upcoming sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and yesterday we got an impressive amount of insight about the movie from its panel at WonderCon.

Part of the presentation put on by 20th Century Fox, director Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Keri Russell and Gary Oldman took to the stage in the arena of the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, and not only presented footage from the movie, but also answered a number of questions about making the movie. I’ve picked out five of the best, most interesting anecdotes that were revealed, so read on to learn some really cool stuff!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Movie Will Fit The Continuity Of The Original Planet Of The Apes
In franchise-speak, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is unique. How many other movies can you name that can be described as being a sequel to a reboot that is also kind of a spin-off? All the same, we still know that what lies ahead eventually is another remake of Planet of the Apes - but what you may not know is that this new series is actually very much doing its part to fit into the continuity of the 1968 original and the sequels that followed. Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes completely blew our minds back in 2011, proving that it was possible to create a truly excellent reboot/prequel for an established Hollywood franchise. The success of that film has us filled with incredible anticipation for the upcoming sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and yesterday we got an impressive amount of insight about the movie from its panel at WonderCon.

Asked by a fan if Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will include some variation of the famous "Get your hands off me, you damn dirty apes" line, Reeves said no, but instead said that the entire film itself is an homage to the Charlton Heston-led first film and that the trajectory is definitely headed in that direction. In fact, in the movie we will see the establishment of certain canon elements, such as the rule about apes not killing apes. Basically, if you really want to get the most out of the new film you might want to break out your Blu-rays/DVD copies of the original.
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