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By Robert T. Trate     May 31, 2012
Source: Box Office Mojo

Fox’s successful prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes is officially giving way to the Dawn … and it’s happening on May 23, 2014.

Box Office Mojo has posted that release date for the newly-titled sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the continuation of the story started in director Rupert Wyatt’s Rise, which helped set the stage for the ape revolution that would destroy our planet in subsequent Apes movies. But with Wyatt’s sci-fi thriller raking in an impressive $481M at the global box office, 20th Century Fox naturally decided to continue filling in the gaps on the lengthy Apes timeline.

Earlier we reported that Contagion scribe Scott Z. Burns was being brought into the fold to map out the Dawn screenplay and we also know that Andy Serkis is scheduled to return to the motion-capture suit to play Caesar, the intelligent ape experimented on by James Franco’s scientist in Rise who begins the revolution because of his evolution. It’s unclear if room will be made for Franco’s character in the next chapter, or if Wyatt – who’ll return to direct – is going to shift the action to a completely different location and explore new territories.

Based on the ending of Rise, with an airplane carrying a virus across our nation, we can probably expect Dawn to be a fairly violent and apocalyptic sequel. Will humans fight back? How bad will it get for us before we give the planet over to the apes? And how many Apes prequels will Fox try to milk before we end up at the moment where Charlton Heston’s astronaut returns from his mission? We shall see, but it all continues in the summer of 2014.

Thanks to avidfan for the submission.


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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 5/31/2012 2:20:35 PM

Sweet.  And this time the title actually sounds right.  I didn't care for the title of the last one.  But it was a damn well executed movie.  One of my top faves of all time now.  I absolutely loved it and wish I had seen it in theaters.

Wiseguy 5/31/2012 2:51:16 PM

Looking forward to the sequel as well. Really curious to see how they progress the storyline and where excactly it picks up.

jedibanner 5/31/2012 3:06:28 PM

This new reimagination of the Planet of the Apes seems ok...but for the love of crap, stop talking like it's a sequel to the original movies for freak sakes.



alienstatue 5/31/2012 3:08:30 PM

Rupert has said he could imagine the next story going "Full Metal Jacket", with a new generation of apes growing up in the middle of a war. Looking forward to hearing more.

Franco also mentioned that he may not be in the sequel, which I'm fine with, but I hope they don't kill his character off from continuity.

Also, I like how they mention the space ship gone missing on the news, and I wonder if that will have more of a story that affects the apes and humans.

RobertTrate 5/31/2012 3:10:37 PM

 tons of stuff in the credits about where the sequel is headed. 

hanso 5/31/2012 3:13:11 PM

 Thanks for ruining the ending Trate!  Btw, Fox released a release date for the new X men flick, sometime in June 2014.

Tevii 5/31/2012 3:40:06 PM

@jedi - yeah you're right, but all the references to the Icarus spaceship in the movie, make it very possible to play out as a prequel. The news reports in Rise mentioning "Icarus entering Mars atmosphere". Then later  the news reporting the ship was lost in space. The Icarus is the ship in the original that Heston came back to Earth in.


vitieddie 5/31/2012 3:52:42 PM

Agree with Tevii - seems like a prequel of sorts ...

goirish83 5/31/2012 5:52:08 PM

Dear Fox,



SarcasticCaveman 5/31/2012 6:17:41 PM

It's totally a prequel of sorts...a prequel for the original Chuck Heston movie...and I guess it could work as a prequel for "Beneath" also...it just doesn't recognize the following crap about apes being household pets/slaves after a plague killed off cats and dogs.  Yes, that's how the original storyline went.  Caesar led these pets/slaves in a revolt after being born in the past when his parents time traveled from the future...jeez, my head is already hurting from the stupidity of the original sequels.  Just like "Superman Returns" ignored 2 of the 3 Superman sequels, "Rise" ignored 3 of the 4 original sequels...and I'm glad they did.  "Rise" was an awesome PREQUEL.

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