Published On: Thu, Jul 18th, 2013

Director Matt Reeves talks ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ Caesar and the scope of the film

Cloverfield director Matt Reeves will take over for Rupert Wyatt who helmed the highly successful Rise of the Planet of the Apes with a new and excitng sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Reeves explained the first step while talking with Indiewire.

Andy Serkis as Caesar filming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

Andy Serkis as Caesar filming “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

“Caesar talks at the end of the movie, he has some level of speech,” recaps Reeves. “I wanted to make sure we’re continuing to go along the path of evolution without missing it, it was so delicious to watch in the first movie.”

“The ape civilization is in the woods, between Vancouver and New Orleans, the world after what happens with the simian virus flu. The two main locales are San Francisco and the Muir Woods where the ape civilization is born.”

Reeves sounds in awe at the size and scope of the  new film.

“The crazy thing is the giant scale of this film, which is enormous for any movie, so much bigger,” says Reeves. “The only way it works is from an emotional intimate point-of-view. It has all the things that drive me to do something, an emotional core, as Andy [Serkis], Rupert and Weta did on Rise.”

“It’s not only on a scale for me that is obviously larger than anything I’ve done, but this is also the first movie at this level to do native 3-D on an enormous canvas and mo-cap that is 95 % shot on location. The mo-cap shooting on the first movie was done really on the stage. It’s an exciting learning curve.”

Check out the full interview here

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
will open in theaters July 18 2014.

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