Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Time Travel Not a Factor

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Time Travel Not a FactorThe Planet of the Apes franchise has been known to jump around in terms of timetables. How far into the future or past we go has long been a factor (or for Tim Burton a means to a ridiculous ending), but in the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, time travel will not be a focus.

Rick Jaffa, who co-wrote and produced Rise, says we shouldn’t expect any mind-bending causality time loops in the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

I don’t foresee that,” he tells Total Film (via Comic Book Movie.) “But it’s interesting you should ask that because it’s the one big element that we made a conscious decision not to explore in the first one, and we were worried that there might be some backlash in the science fiction community because of it. When the story first came together, we were very, very excited, and yet, before we pitched it, I thought, ‘The one thing missing, though, is time travel. But it’s not necessary for this particular telling.’

Twentieth Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will infect theaters on May 23, 2014. Director Rupert Wyatt returns as does star Andy Serkis as the ape “Caesar”.

Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa, Scott Burns penned the screenplay that “continues the story set forth in last year’s critical and commercial hit movie featuring simians that are given human intelligence and subsequently break out of their facility. At the same time, a virus breaks out that causes the collapse of human society. The new project is taking the story to the next level, with the apes on the path to emerge as society’s new rulers.

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  • DavidFullam

    Bring it on, I can’t wait!

  • Terminal

    “Rise” wrapped things up so well with allusions to “Planet” and the implications of how the apes eventually rose, I think “Dawn” is very unnecessary. But “Rise” was fantastic, so I can see why they want to keep making money off this franchise.