Dawn of the Planet of the Apes had a huge opening weekend, pulling in over $70M. One of the reasons for the film's success was Toby Kebbell's motion-capture-performance as Koba. Come see some alternate looks for this terrifying ape.

The website, Film Sketchr, conducted an interview with the very talented conceptual artist, Jerad S. Marantz ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2"). The interview also features concept art that Jerad designed for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Edge of Tomorrow and Grimm season 3.
Film Sketchr: You worked on the first film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." What was it like going back to that world and picking it up years later?

Jerad Marantz: It was great to come back to the Apes franchise. After working on the first film and seeing what an incredible movie it was I was so excited to start working on the second one. Though I spent a lot of time on many of the different ape designs my absolute favorite was Koba. Designing Koba was one of those rare experiences where I got the design through in the first pass. Many times I work on the show there is a lot of back-and-forth in the design process. You submit an image and then you get a lot of notes. This was not the case with the Koba design. In the very first pass I got the character through and the design went straight to Weta. That's only happened two other times in my career but never on such a big blockbuster film. Coming back to the character for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was such an honor being able to take him further.

I've been a bit of a shut in these past several days and haven't had time yet to see the film. It's getting really good reviews and as a fan I can't wait. I did pick up the art of book and was really excited to see a couple of my images in there.

It's very rare that you get to be a part of such an incredible project. I can't wait to see what they do for the third film. (Click here for the full interview)
Click Here - More Concept Art

Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
The stunning new art book on Planet of the Apes! A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Publication date: July 8 2014

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line) and Judy Greer (The Descendants, Three Kings, 13 Going on 30). The film climbs into theaters July 11, 2014
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SuperCat - 7/14/2014, 6:28 AM
Best villain of the year!

McGee - 7/14/2014, 6:34 AM

thewonderer - 7/14/2014, 6:46 AM
Toby Kebbell is going to [frick]ing kill it as Dr. Doom.

kalelhawj - 7/14/2014, 6:49 AM
This was a great movie. Enjoy ever minute of it.
Nomis - 7/14/2014, 6:54 AM
@ Supercat - Agreed.
drfate - 7/14/2014, 6:59 AM
Awesome flick! Its good when a sequel can match or exceed the first film. Koba was fleshed out very well and kinda stole the show. If you haven't see this, go, you'll enjoy it!

Caesar was awesome in this too. Every development made sense and this feels like it moved the Planet of the Apes idea/concept forward. I also noticed a lot of symbolism/metaphors the director used to convey the transition of power in this flick. That was a plus too!
DrKinsolving - 7/14/2014, 7:11 AM
I haven't seen this yet but that was [frick]ing awesome
Steelers4190 - 7/14/2014, 7:11 AM
Koba was an asshole lol
fettastic - 7/14/2014, 7:48 AM
I loved it, it's a great movie, but I was not blown away by it and that was slightly disappointing. I went in with massive anticipation and in the end it's just a remake of Battle for the Planet of the Apes. It's the same exact storyline. I was not expecting that at all.
fettastic - 7/14/2014, 8:19 AM
I also thought Koba was a bit over-acted at times. Particularly when he gets the toothy grin at the end and says "Ape will not kill ape".

The response he got was kind of ridiculous and goes against the whole concept of the film.
MercwithMouth - 7/14/2014, 8:20 AM
Can't wait to see this one.
ALegendaryPanda - 7/14/2014, 8:23 AM
He was such an awesome villain!
TheRationalNerd - 7/14/2014, 9:02 AM
The other day I was just wondering if these newer PotA films would serve as being prequels to the older films but I'm honestly starting to think that they may go into an entirely different direction with this franchise. Koba was the best thing I loved about this film.
fettastic - 7/14/2014, 9:03 AM
One concept from Battle that was not used in Dawn in humans and apes living together, mostly in peace. This is the main source of tension between Caesar and Aldo. The discovery of the humans in the city just pitches it over the top.

Dawn certainly ends set up for a continuation of the story. My thought, and fear, is that it's just going to be a repeat of this story, but with the human mingling left over from Battle and larger scale war.

I don't really want to see that story. Are we going to have apes flying planes and shit (as in Pierre Boulle's original novel and recreated in the POTA animated series? At some point it's going to get kind of silly.

I would prefer a fresh story and frankly a new villain. I have no idea what that would be but I would welcome it.
fettastic - 7/14/2014, 9:07 AM
Aldo from Battle for the Planet of the Apes, like Caesar, had been a slave of the humans, so he really hates them for a very similar reason to Koba. Ok he's a gorilla here instead of a chimp, but he follows the exact same storyline, does the exact same things and has similar dialogue to Koba. And that kind of bothers me. I expected fresh characters and a fresh story in this film. At least have a plot twist or some kind of revelation.

By contrast, Rise was sort of a re-imaging and mashing together of Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, but it felt very fresh and original.
CombatWombat - 7/14/2014, 9:38 AM
Koba was in Rise, wasn't he?
Itsbeenfun - 7/14/2014, 9:52 AM
He was Great in this. Must see Film right here.
SauronsBANE - 7/14/2014, 11:36 AM
I like how they sort of hinted at Koba being a straight-up villain at the end of Rise. First Caesar allows him to kill Will's boss by pushing the helicopter over the bridge, then Koba attacks Will in the forest before Caesar stops him. I have to think those two instances were included with an eye on the role Koba would play in Dawn.

Speaking of which, finally saw it yesterday and it was phenomenal! Didn't quite blow me away as much as I'd hoped, but a solid 7/10. Easily in the top 5 best movies this year.

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