“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was a surprise box-office and critical success last year (many even felt that the film ought to have been nominated for an Academy Award) and Fox has been quick to move on the next instillation in the refreshed franchise.
The studio’s CEO, Tom Rothman, said they are “pushing forward aggressively” on a sequel in a recent interview with Collider. Director Rupert Wyatt and stars James Franco and Andy Serkis are all slated to return.
It is now being reported that Scott. Z. Burns (“Contagion,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”) will pen the script.
Rise followed the story of a brilliant scientist (Franco) whose passionate attempt to cure Alzheimer’s inadvertently led to the creation of a group of super-apes whose intellectual capacity matched or surpassed that of the bulk of their captors.
Here is what Wyatt has said we may see in a sequel:
“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.”
We will keep you updated as details on the sequel emerge.
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