War for the Planet of the Apes is a 2017 American science fiction movie directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it’s the third installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot series. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about War for the Planet of the Apes.
1. The movie stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn, and follows a confrontation between the apes, led by Caesar, and the humans for control of Earth.
2. Like its predecessor, the movie shares several similarities to the fifth movie in the original series, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, but it’s not a direct remake.
3. The movie grossed over $490 million and received critical praise, with many reviewers highlighting the performances, visual effects, story, direction and musical score.
4. The movie received a nomination for Best Special Visual Effects at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, and was also nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 90th Academy Awards.
5. War for the Planet of the Apes was nominated for four Saturn Awards, including Best Director for Reeves and Best Actor for Serkis.
6. The little girl named Nova is named after the character played by Linda Harrison in the first and second movies in the original franchise.
7. According to director Matt Reeves, the name of the group of rebelling humans are the Alpha and Omega, a reference to the bomb the mutants worshiped in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The logo on their helmets and flag matches the original logo on the bomb.
8. The giant “X” that the humans use to tie up the apes outside their camps are the same design as the “X” used as markers to The Forbidden Zone in the original Planet of the Apes.
9. According to director Matt Reeves, the apes that serve the humans are called “donkeys,” both as a reference to Donkey Kong and, like donkeys, they’re used as pack animals.
10. Matt Reeves pointed out that the apes in Rise and Dawn don’t wear clothing, but the end point of the future ape society seen in the original Planet of the Apes movie does wear clothing, and Bad Ape is also supposed to be the start of a progression in this direction. To survive in a harsh winter, he’s the first ape we see who shifted to wearing heavy winter coats he scavenged.
11. Steve Zahn admitted in a Film4 interview that he cried after seeing the completed movie for the first time, as he was so moved by it.
12. Caesar’s son shares his name with the Roddy McDowall character, C?Cornelius, in the original movie. In the original film series, Caesar is the son of Cornelius, eventually naming his own son Cornelius after his father.
13. Graffiti reading, “Ape-ocalpyse Now,” can be seen. This is because the Colonel in the movie is reminiscent of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.
14. Koba was the nickname of Joseph Stalin, after an outlaw character from a popular 19th century Georgian novel.
15. The orangutan played by Karin Konoval is named Maurice. In the original Planet of the Apes movie, the orangutan, Dr. Zaius, is played by actor Maurice Evans.
16. Cornelius is the first chimpanzee sibling to appear in either of the two movie franchises.
17. This is the second movie in the Planet of the Apes franchise where one of the characters mentions the name of the franchise, in this case being the Colonel as he calls it, “A planet of apes.” The first time was in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes when Caesar, the son of Cornelius and Zira, gives a monologue of the apes success towards the end of the movie.
18. After seeing his cut of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment signed Matt Reeves to return as director for a third installment of the reboot series.
19. Colonel McCullough was the secondary antagonist of the Revelations novel and the main antagonist of both the War comic books and War for the Planet of the Apes.
20. It was Red the gorilla who started the rebellion of Koba’s followers against Caesar in the prequel novel Revelations.
21. At age 24, Luca was the third oldest of the apes, sharing this with Maurice, being two years younger than Koba, who was the second oldest, and Buck, who was the oldest.
22. War for the Planet of the Apes is the first iteration of the Planet of the Apes film franchise to have an albino ape: Winter.
23. In Revelations, Luca tells Winter that he’s third-in-command of Caesar’s Army, implying that he got the rank temporarily after Rocket left with Blue Eyes.
24. A total of nine chimpanzees and two gorillas have served the Colonel as donkeys. At least one chimpanzee and one gorilla joined the Colonel out of fear for their lives and not because of their loyalty to Koba.
25. When Caesar, Luca and Winter walk inside the trench to confront the soldiers, one of Caesar’s apes, Spear, is seen wearing a tooth earring of an unknown animal and has a small sharp bone on his nose, just like Blue Eyes’ wife, Lake.
26. Stone is the only Koba follower known to survive at the end of War for the Planet of the Apes.
27. Winter’s father was one of the first in the Gorilla Guard, which was confirmed in Revelations.
28. The mutation of the simian flu virus rendering the surviving humans mute and mindless is a foreshadowing of the events in the original Planet of the Apes, in which the surviving human population is mute and primitive.
29. A child’s doll plays a significant role in driving the plot forward, as it did in the 1968 Planet of the Apes. In the 1968 movie, Taylor finds a talking doll in the excavation and holds it up as proof that humans used to be able to speak. In the 2017 movie, the doll lacks facial features and handling the doll transmits the virus which causes muteness.
30. With Caesar dying in the presence of Maurice, it can be assumed that Maurice would take his place as ruler of the apes. This is in line with the original series of movies as the orangutans seem to hold all of the political power in the far future with Dr. Zaius being the most prominent member of government.