Andy Serkis: The Planet of the Apes Prequels May Go Beyond a Trilogy
Trilogies are all the rage these days, so many have assumed that the acclaimed prequel series to Planet of the Apes would consist of three films. But with the huge success of this summer's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, star Andy Serkis claims that there may be more than three stories to tell about the apes' origin.
In the recent interview with MTV, Serkis said, "It might be three films. It could be four. It could be five. Who knows? The journey will continue. It might not necessarily be summarized or completely fulfilled in this next one. The point being, eventually we know that we're going to end up back at 'The Planet of the Apes,' but whether it's this film or not, I don't know."
Considering the prequel series's surprisingly massive success, it makes sense that they would leave room to continue the franchise for longer than a trilogy as long as they remain financially successful (let's face it, even trilogies aren't trilogies anymore if they make money). And even from a creative perspective, the prequel universe has a lot of evolution to undergo before it "end[s] up back at 'Planet of the Apes,'" a fully intelligent ape society that kills, enslaves, and/or performs scientific experiments on humans. Since the prequels have so much financial and critical success (Serkis himself is a long shot for the first Supporting Actor nomination for a motion capture performance), the writers would likely do well to decrease the time jump, which was a full decade between the last two films.
Serkis addressed the potential time jump in his interview: "To be honest, it's very, very early in where we choose to drop our anchor in the next film, so it could be five years after the event. It could be the night after the events of where we left 'Dawn,' so it's very difficult to know where the story is going right at this moment because it's being written as we speak."
The next sequel in the Planet of the Apes prequel series comes out on July 29, 2016. Director Matt Reeves is confirmed to return, and Andy Serkis is expected to return as ape leader Caesar.