The original Planet of the Apes film series started with a mystery and went on to show its own backstory. The recent reboot of the franchise is taking a slightly different direction, emphasizing spectacle and character development rather than twist endings and political commentary.
That’s probably why Matt Reeves, who directed Cloverfield five years ago, has been tapped to take charge of the next installment of the new Apes series. According to /Film, filmmaker Rupert Wyatt was asked to return after directing the successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but his problems with the sequel’s production schedule required a staffing change.
This new franchise is actually the second reboot after Tim Burton’s failed remake. While there are a lot of factors working in the new series’ favor, one of the most important might be one of its most unheralded. Andy Serkis, famous for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and that franchise’s upcoming prequel The Hobbit, brought a great deal of humanity and character to the central role of Caesar the ape. Serkis might go down in history as the main reason Planet of the Apes survived as a franchise, as well as the first actor to excel in a purely CGI role.