‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ director wanted film to be ‘like The Godfather with apes’

During an interview with Wired in San Francisco, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves revealed his vision for the film.

“The idea of Caesar becoming this mythic, almost god-like, character of the apes and leading them not just as a revolutionary but through this very difficult period into what is going to be one of the darkest parts of their early history, that sounds like a kind of epic, grand, generational, ape family story,” Reeves told Wired. “I wanted the story to be, without being grandiose about it, like The Godfather with apes. To do a sort of Shakespearean type story where our Don Corleone is Caesar, then to imagine future generations. It just seems like such a rich vein to continue to explore.”

The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex reports that much like Francis Ford Coppola did with Marlon Brando’s character before filming The Godfather, Reeves did everything he could to establish Andy Serkis’ character, Caesar, as the alpha among the ape actors.

“I had imagined that Caesar was the Don Corleone of the apes,” Reeves said, according to Hero Complex.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which opens July 11, is based on a French novel by Pierre Boulle.

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