Rise of the Planet of the Apes Director Offers Details on Sequel
12.16.11 by Ryan
Planet of the Apes prequel Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprise hit, earning a surprising $481 million worldwide while becoming one of the most successful comic book movies of the summer. So it came as no surprise when 20th Century Fox decided to lock down actor Andy Serkis (who played the ape Caesar through motion-capture), co-producers and screenwriters Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa and director Rupert Wyatt for a sequel last month, and then admitted over two weeks ago that all a Rise sequel required was a "great script".
While promoting Rise before its August release, Wyatt had already expressed that he had several intriguing ideas for a potential sequel, but with Rise out now on DVD and Blu-Ray, he divulges more on the director's commentary track, reports Bleeding Cool. From the sounds of it, a sequel may borrow some more from the 1972 installment Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.
But of course, there is more to come. We definitely needed to just lay the groundwork for how we’re going to level the playing field for the next part of the story which is the real conflict between humans and apes on a far bigger scale. Where we start that story remains to be seen but my guess is it will be a generation after. In human years that’s eight years for a chimpanzee or any ape, actually... we’re setting up, perhaps, why humanity is going to be vulnerable enough for this ever growing army of intelligent apes and their offspring to be able to take us on.
Besides the possibility of all-out war between humans and apes, Wyatt thinks a Rise sequel will also feature more of Koba, the scar-faced ape who held grudge against humanity. "He’s a character who’s going to go far in the mythology, I think," commented Wyatt. "A really interesting counterpart to Caesar. He’s the bad apple." A good part of the sequel could be dedicated to how Koba and Caesar find a way to get along.
I’m really excited about what’s to come in terms of the the relationship between Koba and Caesar because they’re two such different individuals and they’re going to perhaps need each other. There’s going to be some sort of uneasy truce in the future that I think is necessary, I guess, for the conflict that is going to come.
Of course, until the "great script" arrives, Wyatt's comments could be mere speculation. Luckily, with Fox so interested in a sequel, it may not be too long until Rise fans learn what's in store.