The final trailer for the eagerly awaited War For The Planet of the Apes invites audiences to witness 'the end,' and naturally, that has led to a healthy debate over the future of the rebooted Apes franchise. Well, we have no cause for concern according to star Andy Serkis. In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, Serkis had this to say;
"We're saying this is the final chapter in the trilogy. It's by no means the end of the road in terms of Apes films."
It's not unusual for big movie sequels to suggest in their advertising that the current entry in the franchise will be the last. The recent Pirates of the Carribean trailer told us that "the final adventure begins," and at least two Fast & Furious sequels has informed us to buckle up for "one last ride." That last one might have been used for The Expendables 3 as well, but either way, Hollywood loves to spike our interest in their heavy hitters.
Back in 2011, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was easily the smartest summer blockbuster of the year. The motion performance work from Andy Serkis was groundbreaking, adding previously unseen layers of humanity to a digital creation with Caesar, you'd swear that the producers trained an ape to act. Those eye-popping effects only improved with Dawn, and everything we've seen from War thus far has been astonishing.
The combination of motion performance and cutting edge digital effects is just one of the many things that make the Apes series a cut above your average reboot. All three films stand as shining examples of how to successfully expand the mythology of an established franchise.
Trilogies used to be the ultimate goal for most franchises, but in the last decade, we've seen a rise in sequels that go well beyond what we thought was possible for theatrically released movies. As long as the impeccably high standards set by both Rise and Dawn can be maintained, then I'm open to the idea of a fourth, fifth or tenth Apes movie.
After his breathtaking work on the previous sequel, Matt Reeves returns to the director's chair with Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, and Terry Notary joining Andy Serkis.
War For The Planet Of The Apes is released in the UK on July 14.