Fox announces the official date for the follow-up to 2014’s hit “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which will be hitting theaters in 2017. Read on for further details.
Fox slates the release date for their latest installment of their “Planet of the Apes” franchise, slating the sequel exactly on July 14, 2017, taking the original release date of Fox’s planned “Fantastic Four,” sequel which is bumped up a month later. It’s speculated that Koba might re-appear on the next installment having survived the apparently fatal fall in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and could potentially square off with Ceasar.
The sci-fi film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” sequel to the 2011 “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and directed by Matt Reeves, was met with critical acclaim, with critics praising its visual effects, story, direction, acting and emotional depth with many critics calling it “the summer’s best popcorn film.” Apes proved to be a box office hit having grossed over $208 million in North America and over $500 million in other territories for over $708 million worldwide gross. It is the eighth theatrical film in the revived franchise and had a worldwide opening of $103.3 million, which was the 11th highest of 2014, becoming the highest grossing film in the “Planet of the Apes” franchise as well as the seventh highest-grossing film of 2014. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The screenplay was written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.
Its film predecessor, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” also met critical and commercial success, being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, five Saturn Awards including Best Director for Wyatt and Best Writing for Jaffa and Silver, winning Best Science Fiction Film, Best Supporting Actor for Serkis and Best Special Effects. The film ended its run with a gross of over $176 million in North American territories and over $305 internationally for a total of over $481 million worldwide. The 2011 pic served as a reboot of the “Planet of the Apes” series, which was intended to act as an origin story for a new series of films. It starred James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and Andy Serkis. It was directed by Rupert Wyatt.
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