Matt Reeves Reveals Original Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Ending
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.15.2014
He changed it weeks before the release...
Warning: Obviously, there are spoilers for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that follow.
While Dawn of the Planet of the Apes had a fantastic ending to cap off a great movie, directed Matt Reeves has revealed the film's original finish. Reeves spoke with /Film and revealed that the ending change occured several weeks before the film's release and added additional footage to the movie. Check out the highlights from the interview:
On the original ending: "What was different about the ending was that after the ending that you see in the final film, the idea was that the apes went out on a kind of exodus through the city, and they gathered on the Golden Gate Bridge in order to look into the distance for the approaching warships. And I felt that it was taking us too far into the next movie, and almost starting the next movie and not letting the emotion of what had just happened -- of what Caesar had just achieved and what [price Caesar had paid]. It wasn't letting that resonate and it wasn't ending... but the final shot was actually, in a way, the very same final shot. It was actually him on top of the Golden Gate Bridge, which was covered in apes, all looking out way, way into the distance to see this really, like, messed up armada, way in the distance, showing up [with] ships in disrepair. And it moved into his eyes as he took in the uncertain future."
On why he changed it: "It was kind of cool, but I realized that we had skipped too much of the emotion by doing that, and that it actually, in a way, boxed us in too much... Also, when we started showing this to people, some people [were] going, 'Wait, so does that mean the battle...?' Like, I meant for those ships to be way in the distance and they hadn't even seen the apes -- 'cause obviously the apes weren't gathering to begin the fight. The apes were gathering to look and see the fight that was coming toward them... but it was hard to render that idea. And when I showed it to some people they were like, 'So that's it? They're gonna start fighting right now?' And I was like, 'Well, no,' and I realized that we didn't have the right ending."