War for the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to the 2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. While War for the Planet of the Apes is not due for release until July 14th, 2017 – director and co-writer Matt Reeves via Twitter teased us with the first still.

A nod to the classic beach scene in the original 1968 Planet of the Apes, could this be the beginning of “re-telling” the events occurring in the 1968 movie Reeves had mentioned?

From Joblo.com:

To me the idea is that the 1968 films stands as trajectory in that, what is so exciting is that the world of that film is so different from where things started in RISE, and the way they are in DAWN and now will be in the next film. There is a huge distance to cover between here and there that is all about Caesar and future generations, and how this world has transformed into that world, and the struggle that they’ll have to go through and how we create the world that we know from that. I think once you’ve gone through all of those chapters, you’ve gotten all the richness of those stories, you could very well find yourself going into that story again, but I think it would be from a new perspective. The idea would never be to remake the ’68 film. There might be some of those events from another perspective, and obviously to also see them as events that grew out of everything that we’ve been watching from this new iteration. They wouldn’t be exactly the same either. So if, and when, we ever get there, which I think is an exciting notion, it would definitely not be a remake but it would be sort of a re-telling of those events from a new perspective. And the events themselves would probably be a bit different since they will have grown out of these films.

For now much of the movie is a bit of a mystery. Although it’s been engaging to see how each movie of the re-booted franchise has had a new cast, for the most part, other than Andy Serkis reprising his role as Caesar. Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn notably head up the new cast of War for the Planet of the Apes. Having new cast and characters opens up different parts and locations of the time line instead of writers being tethered to explanations to fill in could be gaps. Now, if someone could only make the gap between now and July 2017 shorter.

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