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Newswire: War For The Planet Of The Apes director on why the apes have yet to take over

At a New York Comic Con event in Times Square Thursday night, 20th Century Fox debuted the first teaser for War For The Planet Of The Apes. The trailer shows Andy Serkis’ Caesar—the talking chimp who has become the heart of these movies—going head to head with a nasty colonel played by Woody Harrelson. By the end, Harrelson’s voiceover takes over: “This is our last stand” he warns, cautioning that should the humans fail Earth will become a “planet of apes.”

That spot-on bit of dialogue, however, doesn’t mean the third installment in the rebooted franchise leads the audience to a time when apes reign, as they did in the original Charlton Heston film. “Even at the end of this film it’s still not the world of the Heston film. So there’s still this huge question, well how does it become that?” director Matt …

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