Rupert Wyatt Shares Some of His Ideas for a Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel
08.09.11 by BJSprecher
Unlike Sony, which hired a screenwriter and announced a release date for the sequel to its Spider-Man franchise relaunch, The Amazing Spider-Man, eleven months before the first movie has even opened in theaters, 20th Century Fox is apparently taking a more cautious approach to its own franchise relaunch, Rise of the Planet of the Apes — despite solid opening weekend numbers and great reviews, Fox has yet to announce a sequel. But, if and when Fox does decide to pull the trigger on a sequel, director Rupert Wyatt will be ready. In an excerpt from a recent interview with BleedingCool, Wyatt revealed he has already given a lot of thought to a sequel and offered up several intriguing ideas for where the franchise could go now that the apes have risen.
There’s so much we could do … The ideas I’ve had are all sorts of things, ranging from Full Metal Jacket with apes … 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. Spies that are in the employ of the apes, working against humans and humans maybe existing underground, because that’s a way they can avoid the virus, coming up above ground wearing gas masks, and maybe that’s what dehumanises them.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was written by co-producers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. The cast includes James Franco, John Lithgow, Tom Felton, Brian Cox, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis (motion-capture).