Next Planet of the Apes Sequel Gets Release Date

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Following the success of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, people are clamoring for the next sequel to the series. Little do people know, that the release date had already been in stone for months.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has most of the country happily hailing Caesar as the new overlord. The film has received stellar reviews and an amazing audience reception. Of course, with all the box office and popularity, people are wondering when the next Planet of the Apes film will be coming out. Well, mark your calendars for July 29, 2016.

The next film’s date was actually set about six months ago with a lot of confidence early from Fox about the current film’s success. It could have been seen as a risk to go ahead and slate the next installment of Apes without knowing how well Dawn would do. But there was nothing to fear, with the amazing special effects and near-realism of the apes plus the great narrative that made the movie soar to one of the largest box office opening weekends this year.

Matt Reeves, the director behind Dawn, is already at work on the currently untitled sequel. For Dawn, Reeves just served as the director, but for the sequel, he will also have a writing credit along with Mark Bomback and Pierre Boulle, the author of the book the storied franchise is based on.

It’s still very early to speculate on the sequel’s story or cast but we can assume that Andy Serkis will reprise his role of Caesar, the philosopher-king of the new simian society. We can also assume certain main characters, like Caesar’s mate Cornelia (Judy Greer), his oldest son Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston), his youngest son and the wise orangutan Maurice (Karin Konoval) will return.

What’s harder to guess is what the plot could be, as there are many possibilities. Could the film focus on Caesar’s relationship with his two sons? Would it focus exclusively on Blue Eyes and his brother’s relationship and a possible battle for power? Could the astronauts that left Earth in Rise finally find their way back to Earth and crash land, only to find the world overrun with apes? There’s one other possibility that could affect the sequel, but it would be a spoiler, so if you’ve seen the film, just keep that in mind. In any case, Apes fans will be ready for whatever is set to come our way in two years’ time.

What do you think about the Apes franchise so far? State your (hopefully spoiler-free) opinions in the comments section below!

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