From Rise to War, Apes Producer Looks Back

Along with a handful of other nerd-minded entertainment reporters, I’ve been bugging Dylan Clark for years now. Ever since Rise of the Planet of the Apes was in production seven years ago, we’d visit the producer’s sets and get our noses in his business. Especially on that first film when the prospect of a new Apes movie seemed so dicey — he had better not screw this one up was the attitude at the time. Of course, he most certainly did not. And now here we are, three films later, and the Apes franchise is as good and strong as it’s ever been.

I recently caught up with Clark on the eve of the release of the new film, War for the Planet of the Apes. We talked about how the series has developed since those early days of Rise, when the idea of having an ape as your main character was kind of crazy, as well as about the evolution of the series, how it could still connect to the classic Charlton Heston original, and much more. Read on for our full chat!

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