Staying true to the old saying ‘if you want peace, prepare for war,’ here we see Andy Serkis’ glowering chimp stage a revolt against the remnants of humanity. He’s attempted to establish peace with our kind, even showing some semblance of mercy, but perhaps even more so than Dawn and Rise, Matt Reeves’ blockbuster threequel will place Caesar on the warpath, this time locking horns with Woody Harrelson’s Colonel.
There will be action aplenty, but what separates Fox’s franchise from its blockbuster kin is the sombre philosophical and moral themes woven into the story, and it looks like War For the Planet of the Apes has no intention of shying away from the big questions looming over the studio’s grand, interspecies conflict.
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It’ll face stiff competition next summer, opening a mere week after Marvel’s hotly-anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming. Even still, we remain hopeful that the threequel can become a bona fide hit at the box office, potentially emulating the success of Rise ($481 million) and Dawn ($710 million).
Here’s the official logline for War: “Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.” Looks like Andy Serkis’ glowering simian is in for a very, very dark journey in 2017.
War For the Planet of the Apes, also starring Judy Greer, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary and franchise newbie Steve Zahn, will charge into theaters in time for July 14, 2017.
Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.