Serving as the sequel to the preceding franchise reboot installments Rise of the Planet of the Apes from 2011 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from 2014, the upcoming 2017 summer blockbuster event War for the Planet of the Apes is primed to be another big hit for chief distributor 20th Century Fox. Directed by second-time series helmer Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and featuring an original script c0-written by Reeves' returning collaborator Mark Bomback (The Wolverine), the new movie starring Andy Serkis (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as ape leader Caesar is all set to turn heads.
Following the release of the a teaser trailer at the 2016 New York Comic-Con this past fall, viewers know now that War for the Planet of the Apes will be centrally concerned with an embroiling battle between man and ape, with an especially aggressive Colonel - played by Woody Harrelson (The Edge of Seventeen) - leading the charge against a morally conflicted Caesar (Serkis). The next trailer for the upcoming Planet of the Apes now looks to be just around the corner, too.
According to Trailer Track, the full 91-second trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes has just been rated by the FSK - the German equivalent to the Motion Picture Association of America - and is expected to be released domestically over the course of the next few weeks. Presumably, the debut of the new batch of footage will coincide with the theatrical unveiling of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, later this month.
Not much can be gleaned in regards to what rating the MPAA will give War for the Planet of the Apes based on the FSK assessment, but based on the fact that the last two installments in the franchise have been PG-13 affairs, the same is likely to be awarded to the next sequel. Everything definitely seems to be coming together in a big way behind the scenes of Reeves' latest motion picture, though fans will have to wait with baited breath for the time being - at least until the trailer finally drops.
Thus far, 20th Century Fox has done a remarkable job of rebooting the Planet of the Apes feature franchise for a whole new generation of moviegoers, while simultaneously appealing to the older viewers who still look back fondly on the original 1968 movie starring the late Charlton Heston (and its sequels). Only time will tell whether or not War for the Planet of the Apes will prove to be another success, but here's to hoping for the best.
Source: Trailer Track
- War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) release date: Jul 14, 2017