Yesterday I saw the quite superb War for the Planet of the Apes. Apart from being great it concluded what I’m going to call the Andy Serkis Trilogy of Planet of the Apes films. Can you believe there have now been nine Planet of the Apes movies in total? Eight of which could be claimed as cannon but that is not what I want to talk about today. Instead I want to talk about what next for the Planet of the Apes. This of course includes spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes so no suggestions until after the break below!
Remake of the Planet of the ApesLet’s get the most obvious/least interesting out of the way first, a direct remake of the first film. This would require a time jump of a hundred plus years depending on how accurate a remake they want to make.
Same of the Planet of the ApesThe last two films have followed a similar format where Caesar’s group of Apes encounter an evil group of humans who try to kill them with a similar going on amongst the ape characters. There is no reason why they couldn’t repeat this format for the next movie.
Second Tribe of the Planet of ApesA second tribe of Apes turns up at the place Casear’s Ape have made home. The movie is about two tribes becoming one with one leader having to accept the leadership of a new Ape. Civil War will probably take place.
New Tribe of the Planet of the ApesShowing the world is bigger than one tribe of super smart Apes, the fourth film would focus on a different tribe of Apes in a totally different part of the world. Maybe France, if they wanted to tip their hat to the original novel, or a non Western country to see the cultural differences in such a situation.
Game of the Planet of the ApesThis is my favourite suggestion because I think it is the most interesting. With the death of Caesar at the end of the last movie, there is now a power vacuum amongst our Ape heroes and watching this get filled would be amazing. My three groups would be:
- Maurice the Orang-utan acting as a prince regent for the child Cornelius until he is old enough to take over. His aim is to keep the ship steady until Cornelius is old enough to rule.
- A new Ape who believes now is the time to take the fight to the humans. Would also want Nova thrown out the camp
- A third Ape, for example Rocket, who wants to push forward with Caesar’s dream and find more apes.