You’ve seen the character posters (or maybe you haven’t) – now it’s time for a teaser before THE teaser. In anticipation of the December 18th release of the first preview for Fox’s hotly anticipated sequel to the brilliant ‘Planet of the Apes’ reboot, the studio has sent out a 15 second snippet of someone screaming (with mandatory, in-case-you-can’t-make-out-what-they’re-saying-subtitles) which is supposed to satiate us until the actual trailer drops. The Hollywood Reporter has a look at the clip and it’s about as interesting as any wooded landscape featuring a man’s frustrated shriek as it can be. Take a look:
Of course, everyone remembers that the final act of the first film featured the demanded for Caesar, the super intelligent chimp that was the subject of James Franco’s Alzheimer’s experiments, leading a group of simians on a kind of philosophical rebellion. They didn’t want to be treated like animals anymore, and they took down parts of San Francisco in the process. In the meantime, the human population is in the first stages of a pandemic which will apparently wipe out most of the population. The pre-publicity on the sequel, entitled ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – The Official Movie Prequel,’ suggests an upcoming battle with mankind for dominance over what remains. Franco’s character is out, and we’ve got a group of survivors trying to make peace with the primates. Apparently, that’s not going to happen.
With previous director Rupert Wyatt out (he’s off working on a TV series and a pair of possible projects), Matt Reeves has taken the reins, and he’s a good choice. Hate all you want but ‘Cloverfield’ was a clever take on the giant monster/hand held camera fright flick and his remake of the Swedish vampire classic, ‘Let the Right One In’ (which became ‘Let Me In’ stateside) is almost as great as the original. When you consider how crappy this all could have been (remember the Mark Wahlberg/Tim Burton take on this material?), we’re lucky this new ‘Apes’ is turning out to have a lot of potential. July 2014 can’t come fast enough.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter