The Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy doesn’t seem to get enough credit. They took a classic existing franchise (all the way from 1968) and, thanks to current technology, were able to give us a fresh film series that’s never felt cheap or suffered from “prequelitis.” The first film Rise of the Planet of the Apes introduced us to Caesar (Andy “Just Give Him His Damn Oscar Already” Serkis). The second film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes showed the start of a war between humanity, and the now highly evolved apes. It was one of the most clever (anti)war movies of recent memory, and this weekend, the third film in the trilogy, War for The Planet of the Apes is hitting theaters, and is already getting a lot of positive buzz (94 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes). Some are even saying that the third movie is making this trilogy one of the best ever made.
Being that War for the Planet of the Apes will start a few years after the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, some have asked director Matt Reeves what happened to the human counterparts from the previous film. Caesar had an interesting relationship with Malcolm (Jason Clarke), the human protagonist of Dawn, who, like Caesar, did not want war to happen, even though it ended up being inevitable. Reeves said that although there isn’t answer in the film, early drafts of the script did reveal Malcom’s fate.
“Yeah, they were, actually, specifically Jason’s character was, and it was a disturbing discovery. The Colonel (Woody Harrelson) had revealed some information about a man who’d come to him when he first got to the city and impressed upon him how important it was to find Caesar, and to tell him that he needed to create peace with this man. That this Ape was not just an Ape, but was a great leader, and he thought this guy was crazy. And now he (Colonel), in the scene with Caesar, says that he now sees what he meant, and Caesar says, “Well, what happened to him?” And The Colonel said, “I killed him.” Caesar is perplexed and asks why, and The Colonel says, “His ideas were very dangerous because the ideas were like a virus and they could spread to others, and right now this is a fight for humanity.” So that’s what happened.”
This sounds very interesting. Ultimately the scene was scrapped from the movie as Reeves felt it wasn’t as organic as he wanted it to be. Not only would it have given fans some closure for the character, but it would have also further cemented Harrelson’s character, The Colonel, as the film’s villain seeing as how he killed probably the only other rational human being left in this war.
War for the Planet of the Apes is in theatres everywhere starting tonight.
Source: Screen Rant