Director Wes Ball took to Twitter to celebrate filming wrapping up, giving us the briefest of looks at the set. Best of all, the video includes a true simian celebration, showing us a group of apes celebrating in all their unrendered CGI glory. Earlier this month we finally got the official synopsis for “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” which teases a story set many years after the end of “War for the Planet of the Apes” at a time when humans have become feral-like, and several ape societies have risen. One of those is led by an ape who is enslaving other groups to find human technology.
— Wes Ball (@wesball) February 15, 2023
Now, this sounds rather fascinating, with the idea of apes fighting each other serving as a natural continuation and escalation of the themes of the reboot trilogy. But most exciting is the idea of showing us a future Earth where humans are becoming feral-like. As great as the reboot trilogy was, it completely skipped the central idea of the original film of reversing the roles of apes and humans, with the latter treated like animals who can’t think or speak. To show us a world where humans are not just no longer the dominant species, but not even the smartest or most capable one hits at the core of the franchise.
Plus, this would get us a step closer to the underground human mutants who worship the bomb that will one day destroy the planet.