This post was originally titled "Planet Of The Apes 2016". But with yesterday's news coming through that Apes 3 has been delayed to 2017, it seemed appropriate to re-post it. This means that there won't now be, as hoped, a new Apes film out in the fiftieth anniversary year of 2018.
This is how the original post (published on November 16th last year) went:
We don't know the title yet, obviously, but according to IMDB it's "most likely" to be War Of The Planet Of The Apes. And we know it's out on June 29th, 2016 and that Andy Serkis is going to be in it.
Matt Reeves: We want the story to be able to connect from the human to the ape world. So Rise is this sort of how Caesar goes from humble beginnings to becoming a revolutionary. In Dawn, he rose to the occasion of becoming a leader, a great leader in really challenging difficult times. The notion of what we’re after in the third is continue that trajectory to how he becomes the seminal figure in ape history and almost becomes sort of like an ape Moses of sorts, a kind of mythic ascension. We’re trying to play out those themes and try to explore it in this universe of exploring human nature under the guise of apes.
We are outlining the story right now, and I'm pretty excited about it. Somebody called this the ‘Caesar cycle’ of these films and I loved that. I thought, ‘That’s exactly right.’ He is this unique character in that he sort of was raised as human but he’s an ape, and he wasn't part of either.
This situation is exactly what he was trying to avoid. The oncoming war is what Dawn was all about avoiding and it wasn't avoided, so what does that mean to him as a character and how will he lead his apes through this?
Andy Serkis: The ape community has fallen apart. There’s potential war. He’s going to have to lead the apes in darker times. I think it’s going to be very powerful.
The first two images below are official - announcing the film as simply Planet Of The Apes - while the following two are fan creations by Baki Kaya and Sahin Duzgun respectively.
After the posters there are a couple of shots from a deleted scene from Dawn, which can be briefly glimpsed in one of the trailers. The military arriving in San Francisco from "up north". Apparently these deleted scenes will be restored for an extended version of the film in a future Blu-ray release.