How Matt Reeves built a better franchise with 'War for the Planet...

How Matt Reeves built a better franchise with 'War for the Planet of the Apes'

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Every filmmaker has a unique origin story. Matt Reeves’ involves Super 8 cameras and dolphins.

One day, when Reeves was around 8 years old, his grandparents took him on a trip to a Southern California ocean-themed entertainment park called Marineland of the Pacific.

“There were some tourists filming dolphins with an 8-millimeter camera, and it hit me like a lightning bolt,” Reeves recalled on a mid-June morning in his office on the 20th Century Fox lot. “I thought, ‘Wow, they’re going to have the dolphins! Any time they want, they can put the dolphins on their wall!’ I was blown away by that. My grandfather sent me my father’s old wind-up…



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