Director Rupert Wyatt Talks RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Sequels

     August 8, 2011

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Quite possibly the best (and definitely the most surprising) popcorn movie of the summer was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Most audiences were expecting a generic retread of well-worn material, but director Rupert Wyatt gave us a smart, thoughtful and fairly tragic sci-fi adventure. Andy Serkis stole the show as the motion-capped title character Caesar, and it’s safe to assume that audiences would definitely come back for another go-around.

While Rise of the Planet of the Apes definitely works great as a stand-alone film, director Wyatt recently gave his thoughts on where possible sequels could go. He’s got some great ideas, and it’s obvious he’s been thinking about it quite a bit. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

rupert-wyatt-image-1Speaking with Bleeding Cool, Wyatt shared some of the ideas he has about continuing the story:

“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.”

It’s clear he’s put some thought into this, and I must say I’d see a Wyatt-helmed sequel in a heartbeat. Rise was never really about the humans, and to see a sequel where we follow the apes creating a civilization, relegating the humans to secondary characters would be wildly intriguing.

If the opening weekend is any indication, audiences are digging Apes as much as the critics, so Fox will inevitably announce a sequel at some point. If they’re smart, they’ll do everything they can to bring Wyatt back, because in the wrong hands I think we can all envision the stinker that Rise of the Planet of the Apes could have been.

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