Matt Reeves Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Deleted Scenes, the Original Ending, the Next Sequel, and Doing an Extended Cut on Blu-ray with Additional Music by Michael Giacchino

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Let me be very clear: Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best films of the year and a huge step forward for what can be accomplished with motion capture.  Loaded with incredible performances and a great script, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the rare commercial movie that’s also deep and thoughtful.  Dawn is also rare in that tells a complete story but also opens the door for another sequel.  As I said, Reeves has hit a massive home-run with this film and I truly hope audiences and critics embrace this special movie.

At the San Francisco press day I landed a great video interview with Matt Reeves.  He talked about the positive reaction to the film, how he’s definitely coming back for the next sequel, writing the next one with Mark Bomback and “we are just starting to figure out what it would be,” deleted scenes, how he plans to release an extended cut on Blu-ray (which will include additional music by composer Michael Giacchino), the original ending of the movie, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

dawn-planet-apes-matt-reeves-keri-russellNote: Very slight spoilers are discussed at the end of this interview when talking about the original ending of the movie.  You might consider watching the ending of this interview after you’ve seen the movie.

Matt Reeves:

  • Talks about the positive reaction to the film so far.
  • Confirms he is definitely coming back for the next sequel.  Says he is supposed to write the next one with Mark Bomback and “we are just starting to figure out what it would be.”
  • Talks about what excited him about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
  • Deleted scenes talk.  How they had over 5 minutes that was cut out very close to the end of the editing process.
  • Reveals they are doing an extended cut Blu-ray that will have the extra scenes and Michael Giacchino already did the music since the scenes were cut out at the last minute.
  • Talks about the original ending and how he didn’t want to be boxed in.  Wanted a more open ended ending that would allow for more freedom in the next film.


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  • Jeremy Flores

    Matthew Reeves really made a special film. It’s up there on the “best sequel pantheon” and is just a great standalone film. I thought it was magnificent and poignant; filled with a lot of epic and beautiful moments. The special effects from WETA were amazing and Caesar, a man of few words, was so powerful whenever he spoke. The last couple of scenes gave me all the feels; you’ll definitely get teary-eyed.

    • Kyle Chandler

      Thanks for the review! It caught me by surprise how excited I am for this movie, and now the last few days of waiting seem painful.

      From the reviews, it feels like this is the type of blockbuster we should demand. I plan on supporting that theory with my dollars this weekend.

  • TigerFIST

    I can admit I was upset Rupert Wyatt wasn’t coming back for the sequel, but Matt Reeves did an awesome job. Saw last night and it was fantastic! Great interview as usual Steve! Keep up the Great Work! Can’t wait for that extended cut…

  • Bifash

    I hope the third film culminates with the nuclear holocaust that decimates America and the world, leaving the Statue of Liberty broken and ( some of ) the ragtag humans turning into the Mutants…

    • Werefon

      Too early for that.

    • Fabdex

      Yeah: let’s do that ! Nobody will see that coming !

      That’s what we love about “remakes”: same shit as the original. (Or maybe not)

  • Bifash

    I hope the third film culminates with the nuclear holocaust that decimates America and the world, leaving the Statue of Liberty broken and ( some of ) the ragtag humans turning into the Mutants…

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  • Early Edition

    had to throw in that f bomb at the end haha. great interview. i like your interviews frosty. Now im spoiled. anyone else and I’m thinking “who is this person? please make him/her go away.”

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