The apes are returning to take over in just a matter of weeks, and 20th Century Fox is ramping up their marketing for the upcoming sequel. The studio has released another new clip for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which you can watch now in the player below. The new clip features an uneasy meeting between a group of human survivors and a tribe of apes, led by Caesar (played Andy Serkis).
20th Century Fox is looking to advance their long-running Planet of the Apes franchise with this new group of films that began with Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011. The film defied expectations, grossing $176 million at the domestic box office and over $481 million worldwide. In addition, the film has an 82 percent fresh rating on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. A sequel was only a matter of time, which is nearly here with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
The new sequel depicts a group of human survivors after a plague has devastated the world. Caesar and members of his tribe have managed to survive. He forms a bond with a human survivor named Malcom (Jasone Clarke); but can peace truly be achieved between the humans and apes when nearly all is lost? If these films are seen as prequels to the 1968 original film, the ultimate answers are quite obvious.
The new clip released for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes shows a group of humans led by Malcom being outnumbered by a large group of evolved, highly intelligent apes in the forest. The humans are clearly over-matched, and Malcom tries to explain the human group means no harm. Malcom lowers his weapon to mitigate the situation. The leader, Caesar, yells at Malcom and the humans to go, which Malcom agrees and the humans start to move away. The tension and suspense in the clip are palpable.
20th Century Fox’s reboot of the franchise has been a great boon to the studio. However, Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ performance and success will determine if the rebooted franchise will have the staying power of the original sci-fi masterpiece. The original film spawned four inferior sequels and two television shows throughout the 1970s. A big budget remake directed by Tim Burton was released in 2001, but the film did disappointing business. Ultimately, the franchise was laid to rest for a decade before its return with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Another interesting aspect for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the factor of Matt Reeves as the new shepherd of the franchise. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt exited the franchise after the first film. Reeves is reportedly expected to return for a third installment of the rebooted franchise, so the studio appears to have a great deal of faith in both Reeves and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. For now though, based on the new clip released for Planet of the Apes,the future for the franchise looks promising. The sequel is due out in theaters on July 11.
By Jeffrey Harris