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There are few rebooted franchises in history that have been as successful as Planet Of The Apes. While the old films still stand the test of time, the new run of movies -- including Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - present the same story in a shockingly fresh and inventive way -- earning both the applaud of critics and the fanhood of audiences. It's all thanks to the way the filmmakers decided to approach the modern version of the story, and it turns out that was an element that was heavily inspired by what Christopher Nolan did with the Dark Knight trilogy.
Taking a Batman Begins-esque perspective on the new Planet Of The Apes movies was one thing that we discussed with producer Dylan Clark while on the set of the upcoming War For The Planet Of The Apes. Back in January, I joined a small group of journalists in Vancouver, Canada to visit the production during filming, and one of the first things we did was sit down with Clark and have an in-depth conversation about the new film and the franchise as a whole. Speaking to the reboot's relationship with the original series, Clark noted that what Christopher Nolan did with the Caped Crusader was very motivating when Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was developing, as it got them to think about new avenues for the core ideas rather than repeated roads. Clark explained,
Dylan Clark didn't mention it directly, but even the Planet Of The Apes franchise is guilty of making these kinds of past mistakes. Tim Burton's 2001 remake of the 1968 classic was a financial hit, and definitely featured some amazing make-up, but it was snubbed by critics and failed to have any pop culture permanence it was just a retelling of a story everybody knew. Similar to the way that Christopher Nolan reintroduced audiences to a world everybody thought they knew with Batman Begins, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes presented a whole new way to look at Planet Of The Apes movies, and the results have been terrific.
Of course, this thinking continues to have a direct effect on the way that the movies are being made, and it is something that they are considering when it comes to Easter eggs and references. Dylan Clark noted that they have to be careful when it comes to that stuff because it has the potential of getting in the way of originality and creativity -- and even mentioned that he still doesn't love the most prominent one in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Therefore, it's never part of the narrative-building process. Said the filmmaker,
Both Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes have been tremendously successful, and our hopes are high that War For The Planet Of The Apes will continue that trend. A big part of that is everything that we got to learn about the movie while we were on set, so be sure to stay tuned here on Cinema Blend for more about our experience!
War For The Planet Of The Apes will be in theaters on July 14, 2017.