Matt Reeves Discusses The Alternate Ending to 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
If you haven't seen Dawn of the Planet of the Apes yet, you're going to want to get yourself to the theater soon, because there are some interesting and spoiler-full pieces emerging from the mouth director Matt Reeves. Most notably, Reeves has discussed in an interview with SlashFilm that the ending you see at the theater is actually an alternative ending, with the originally planned ending getting scrapped just a few weeks before the picture's release.
Spoilers abound below:
As those who have seen it will know, 'Dawn' ends with a victorious Caesar grappling with the reality of an impending war with the wider human race - with his human allies warning him that military reinforcements were on their way to wipe out the ape threat. However, in the interview with SlashFilm, Reeves discusses how he had initially planned to tease this show of human military fight at the end of the film. But just weeks before Dawn's release, Reeves and co. decided to cut the scene afraid of undermining the resoundingly emotional moment that Caesar and Malcolm share at the end of the film, and not wanting to take "us too far into the next movie."
"After the ending that you see in the final film, the idea was that the apes went out on a kind of exodus through the city and they gathered on the Golden Gate Bridge in order to look into the distance for the approaching warships. … It was actually [Caesar] on top of the Golden Gate Bridge, which was covered in apes, all looking out way, way into the distance and [seeing] this really, like, messed up armada, way in the distance," said Reeves
Co-writer Mark Bomback reiterates Reeves' sentiment in aQ&A "It's weird to end your movies with strangers, and also we knew we were locking into a scenario for the next one. Why do we want to lock it in?"
According to Bomback, the military base "up north" that Gary Oldman's character alludes to "will play a role in what we do next." So from what we can tell, 'Dawn' was the Cold War to the full fledged Navy battleship war that the film's sequel will most likely consist of.
The sequel, which remains unnamed, is set to air by the summer of 2016.