Very soon after the first release of Rise of The Planet of The Apes, speculation began on a second potential sequel. In an interview, Director Rupert Wyatt stated: “Caesar is a revolutionary figure who will be talked about by his fellow apes for centuries. This is just the first step in the evolution of the apes, and there’s a lot more stories to tell after this. I imagine that the next film will be about the all – out war between the apes and humans.” He even included: “You could start this story again eight years from where we left off, the next generation of apes, those that have come from our protagonists, perhaps going in to a conflict with humans and showing real fear, in the same way as going into war for young soldiers in this day and age, telling their story. Or how apes are taking over cities, and being moved into human environments and having to interact with them and deal with things that are part of our culture and understand and evolve through them.”
The film, features even more apes in which the production team has used CGI technology to animate the apes. However, this time around the team has chosen to hire acrobats instead of just stuntmen who were used in the first film. The cast of Dawn features a much larger cast of apes than its predecessor Rise. In an interview Dylan Clark stated: “We want the chimpanzees to act and look and be photorealistic, we want this movie to feel real. If we pull this off, it’ll be super cool.” The first quarter of shoots were filmed on April 2nd 2013 at the Campbell River area North Vancouver Island – chosen for its similarity to the locations depicted in the film, the forests, and the variety of landscapes – before moving to New Orleans from May 1st to July 14th.