Will the Apes Speak in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Sequel?

     December 20, 2011


One of the most pleasant surprises of 2011 was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While most expected it to be that forgettable monkey movie with James Franco, director Rupert Wyatt crafted one of the most enthralling films of the year. Fox has nabbed both Wyatt and actor Andy Serkis to return for a sequel, and all parties involved are hard at work on crafting the story. Screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver recently confirmed that they’re working on the sequel script, and they spoke a bit about what they’ve got planned, including the possibility of having the Apes talk. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

rise-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-movie-image-03It’s already been confirmed that Fox is planning not one, but multiple sequels to Rise (which is a very good thing if Wyatt stays involved), but how far the story would be advancing for the next film has been one of the primary questions. Wyatt himself ruminated on the possibility of picking up eight years after Rise and moving the apes into human environments. Appearing on the Q&A podcast with Jeff Goldsmith (via Bleeding Cool), Jaffa and Silver said one of the key questions they’ve had to confront is whether or not the apes will talk in the sequel:

“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.”

It’s no secret that the apes eventually learn to talk (and we saw the beginnings of that with Caesar in Rise), but it makes sense that Wyatt and Co. would want to carefully work out exactly when speech enters the apes’ repertoire. My guess is we’ll be seeing that apes begin to speak in this first sequel, but not developing full speech until the end of the film. Whatever the case, I’m really looking forward to seeing what the crew comes up with for the follow-up. The sequel is set to be Wyatt’s next film, but no production start date has been announced.


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  • aaronsullivan

    Sounds good, but a sequel is going to be a rough thing to pull off. So little of the core of Rise is even possible to include in a sequel. it will have to be an entirely different genre, essentially. Im interested, though. Odds were tough enough against Rise and it turned out great.

    • Shazam

      Yes, Caesar was raised by humans, but that didn’t give him the ability to talk. His mother was used in an experiment as it shows in the beginning of the movie and the mother and past on her traits to him. Caesar was born with genetic variations with more human like genes resulting in more human-like vocal cords. This genetic variation/mutation probably happened because his mom was given the ALZ 112. Not only that but he went back into Will’s house and stole the ALZ 113, which is stronger and more aggressive than the previous one. He was then probably able to speak because he was exposed not only to the ALZ 112, but the ALZ 113 when he released it in all the cages of the apes.

  • will

    I’m hoping that at the end of the third movie, James Franco gets on knees and says “YOU MANIACS!!” That would be hilarious.

  • Berry

    Do you remember in Rise it briefly showed you the newspaper cover of a lost space shuttle, and showed its launce on tv? That was a little taster to a possible idea for the sequel, with the humans being lost in space then returning to find earth, or part/most of earth being run by apes…that would then follow nicely into the previous stories and they could put a little bit of a spin on it to make it differently from previous movies?

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  • Allen

    I think what you guys are forgetting is that Rise is the prequel to the actual film, the planet of the apes. I personally really enjoyed all of the hidden easter eggs for the people that had already watched the 1963 film, such as (but not limited to) the lost spacecraft.

    • Elliot

      It isn’t a prequel, it’s a complete re-imagining of the story

  • craig

    Sory to nerd it up on you guys but Rise is NOT a prequel, as Conquest Of, and Battle For, showed the take over of the Apes in the original storyline, Rise is just a remake or more accurately a re-imagining. Not that I am complaining I really enjoyed it, im just saying it shouldn’t be hard to come up with ideas seeing as its already written and we all know sooner or later we are going to get to that iconic beach with the lady Liberty poking her head out of the sands :)

  • Jenn

    No, Rise is the prequel, they even state that in the quote used for this article

  • Markeese

    it was a great movie but still i think the apes should speak

    • Ken

      One ape did speak. You didn’t expect them to magically develop human language in the course of several days did you? Caesar could speak because he was raised by a human.

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