Will Speech Be a Factor in Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel?
12.22.11 by Ryan
Even if you haven't seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes, you probably noticed in the trailers and other promotional footage that none of the apes spoke in this Planet of the Apes prequel. While speech is a cornerstone of the franchise starting with its 1969 debut movie, we don't want to spoil whether the apes do in fact learn to speak in Rise (though, after earning a surprising $481 million in worldwide box office, we recognize that plenty of you know already or are figuring it out as the movie has debuted at the top of the national home sales chart this week). Now that Fox is prepping a sequel to the prequel (a presequel?), will speech play a larger part in the next installment?
Fox has already locked in 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 the sequel. All that's left is a "great script" before Fox officially commits to a the sequel. While talking with Jeff Goldsmith on the Q and A podcast, Jaffa and Silver spilled a few details on what they are planning with the sequel script.
We're working on the sequel right now, to the prequel, and so the excitement is — I'm not gonna tell you, but — are they gonna talk or not? Part of the challenge was how to get across what was happening between the apes without words. In the end I think it was a good challenge for us. It created better storytelling.
Jaffa also said that the title of the sequel would be Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Part Two, and while it's not clear if he's kidding, we hope he is.
Further plot details for the sequel, or Part Two, are unknown, although Wyatt recently said that he thought it would follow the "real conflict between humans and apes on a far bigger scale" — which, if true, could work in the apes' favor if they speak to each other.