Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a sequel to the prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which puts it before Planet of the Apes, making it a prequel as well – are you still following?
The film is set after a virus wipes out most of civilisation, humans and apes alike. Both sides believe the other has been completely destroyed until they meet up and need to find a way to co-exist.
Starring Andy Serkis as Caesar, the talking chimp who attempts to broker peace, the film’s due out next summer. Meanwhile, have a look at this selection of the best prequels ever made.
2012’s Prometheus is set in the universe of the Alien franchise, some years before Sigourney Weaver took on the creatures. It charts the adventures of the spaceship Prometheus following a map of the stars that has been discovered in many ancient cultures around Earth. Believing the map will lead to the truth about how humanity originated, the Prometheus discovers a distant world and with it, not the beginning of mankind, but what could possibly mean the end.
The film was commercially successful and the cinematography received high praise, as did Michael Fassbender’s performance as David, an android. However, the plot itself came in for some criticism, despite the fact that the filmmakers stressed that the film was intended to be standalone, drawing upon elements of the Alien films but creating its own mythology.
One of the biggest criticisms of the film was the fact that it left a number of unanswered questions purely out of a reliance on a sequel being made. However, such a sequel has never been guaranteed, although it is now reported that Jack Paglen is in negotiations to write it. Rather than being a bridge between Prometheus and Alien, Damon Lindelof, one of the writers, has said that a follow up would move further away from the Alien story and director Ridley Scott has confirmed that he would need a third film to plug the gap.