Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the 2011 Fox reboot of the iconic science fiction movie series, was a triumph of cinema. It drew on a story that is already deeply ingrained in western culture and managed to make it original in its own right. The movie was nominated for multiple awards for acting and writing and special effects – arguably one of year’s greatest displays of what animation technology can do now. Huge acclaim for Andy Serkis‘s performance as Caeser the ape drew a huge amount of attention to the film as one of the earliest commendations for performance capture work.
The sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, ramped up the tension in 2014, exploring the community created by Caeser the intelligent ape as he builds and maintains his new civilisation, whilst the humans around him succumb to disease. The humans struggle to survive in the ruins of a world ravaged by widespread pestilence. The apes continue to search for their place in the world. A battle for territory sparks a conflict that seems destined to rage for generations…
The second movie concludes with a sense of impending doom hanging heavy in the air, which has hardly abated in the years since.
Tonight at New York Comic Con, Fox plans to offer a first glimpse into what the future holds for Ceaser and his family, with a reveal of footage from the impending conclusion to the trilogy, War for the Planet of the Apes.
Ahead of the evening’s event, they’ve released an ominous teaser trailer for the new movie that promises a dark and bloody continuation of a story so far. It is subtle but it oh so powerful and definitely sows the seeds of intrigue ahead of the next movie, which isn’t due for release in cinemas until June 2017.