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

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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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  • Scared for Movies

    I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I didn’t go in expecting much and that always helps but it kept my interest. Everyone’s major/minor complaint was that the human’s were underdeveloped but I didn’t find that a problem. This movie was about Caesar and Serkis did an amazing job. I’m sure they wouldn’t make a sequel without him. Get both Wyatt back to direct and Serkis back to star and I would go to the sequel for sure.

  • wacko3205

    I’m with Scared for Movies on several points…I was pleasantly surprised with Rise…but I was expecting a lot…I wanted a lot.

    Personally I think a sequel flops without Wyatt, Serkis, & all the humans that were involved. I know that Wyatt’s focus was on the apes…but Caesar & Will’s relationship made this movie function.

    What bothered me most about the film were the cuts from the movie’s run time. They hacked out Caesar’s relationship with a the female who was taken to GynSys or whatever the company that created the bio-virus.

    If you go back & watch the numerous trailers & sneaks (like I did repeatedly…much to the annoyance/embaracement of my wife) you’ll see the girl featured. She was also in the “tank” a day from when Will first drops Caesar off.

    When Caesar busts everyone out…he stops at her cage & notices her toys & blankets & grimaces…& that’s all we get. In the sneak previews Caesar bumps heads with her & strokes her face…it’s kinda minimal to most…but I wouldve loved to have seen it materialize & it really gives yee ole’ chimp more of a humanistic side & motivation.

    That being said…I’m not pissing in anyone’s ear, crying, or complaining…just noting…because I shart ya not…this was the film of the year for me so far.

    I loved it.

    Saw it thrice already…once with the wife & daughter & twice by meself.

    Sad…I know. :-)

  • wacko3205

    I’m with Scared for Movies on several points…I was pleasantly surprised with Rise…but I was expecting a lot…I wanted a lot.

    Personally I think a sequel flops without Wyatt, Serkis, & all the humans that were involved. I know that Wyatt’s focus was on the apes…but Caesar & Will’s relationship made this movie function.

    What bothered me most about the film were the cuts from the movie’s run time. They hacked out Caesar’s relationship with a the female who was taken to GynSys or whatever the company that created the bio-virus.

    If you go back & watch the numerous trailers & sneaks (like I did repeatedly…much to the annoyance/embaracement of my wife) you’ll see the girl featured. She was also in the “tank” a day from when Will first drops Caesar off.

    When Caesar busts everyone out…he stops at her cage & notices her toys & blankets & grimaces…& that’s all we get. In the sneak previews Caesar bumps heads with her & strokes her face…it’s kinda minimal to most…but I wouldve loved to have seen it materialize & it really gives yee ole’ chimp more of a humanistic side & motivation.

    That being said…I’m not pissing in anyone’s ear, crying, or complaining…just noting…because I shart ya not…this was the film of the year for me so far.

    I loved it.

    Saw it thrice already…once with the wife & daughter & twice by meself.

    Sad…I know. :-)

  • wacko3205

    Sorry for the doopz!!

  • chuck

    Really liked Rise but im not thriled with these sequel ideas. Just remake the 1968 first Apes film again. This time right! By doing that you can redo Beneath also.

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  • Nawtnt

    If ROTPOTA is getting positive reviews and making lots of money then it deserves a sequel.

    I haven’t watched it yet but I hope it turns out to be better than I expected.

  • Randy

    I agree with wacko3205. I noticed that the parts with Corneila were deleted. Hopefully they will resurface in the DVD. I loved this movie more than any of the rest of the apes movies, tv shows, cartoons, or comic books. It hit me on all cylinders, and I loved that Colonal Taylor was right that it was the humans that did themselves in and not the apes.

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  • Mr movie

    This movie left the door wide open for a sequel. My guess is the mission to mars that was mentioned during the movie will return to earth overrun by apes.

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  • Stephen

    I have two ideas for a sequel. I’m sure others have had the same idea. There was a virus that spread from the people that were exposed to the new drug and somehow it spread to other humans because the virus was contagious. And it wiped out 95% of the humans on the face of the planet earth. It could take many years to wipe out many of millions of people from the earth from this virus and during that time the astronauts from mars were traveling back to earth and the many years it takes to get from earth to Mars and from Mars back to earth would have been enough time to have wiped out a majority of humans from earth. And the astronauts could return to find 95% of humans killed from this virus and the earth taken over by Apes. Although the astronaut don’t know it yet, all humankind has not been wiped out. A few people have not been exposed to the virus and the apes don’t want the truth to be known to mankind that survived or the astronaut that a virus wiped out most of humankind. They want the remaining humans to think the Humans destroyed their own planet and each other through hatred of others and war and the fighting amongst themselves. It is this that gets the apes to think mankind will be like this toward the apes. This is their way to gain enslavement over the remaining humans and that is why humans get treated by the apes as animals and the apes think of themselves as superior to mankind. If you like or don’t like my ideas. Reply I would like to hear others opinions and ideas! Maby the general public can come up with ideas they may use in the sequel planned if the ideas are really good!

  • Alex

    I say 2 sequels could come from Rise and here’s my ideas. The next film is basically a post-apocalyptic film. Think “I am Legend”+”12 Monkeys”. Only 5-10% of the human population remains. Civilization has fallen apart. Surviving humans, many who live underground in subway tunnels, roam the countryside and abandoned cities in search of food and each other. Meanwhile, the apes who have been thriving are emerging out of hiding and into the mostly abandoned and overgrown cities (again, think “I am Legend + perhaps, Earth after Humans). Ceasar feels pity for the remaining humans and proposes cooperation whereas Koba wants to wipe them all out. In the end, Ceasar dies a heroes death (seemingly at the hands of humans but really the doing of his rival) and Koba, who gets his hands on guns, sends his troops to wipe out what’s left of humanity. It’s not supposed to be a happy ending for humans.

    This sets the stage for the next movie in where the Icarus, caught is some kind of anomoly that involved time dilation when they launched during Rise, returns and crash lands on earth hundreds of years later. Enough said. From that point forward just be faithfull to Pierre Boulle’s novel. Early 20th century technology. They drive cars and watch TV. For a more intelligent twist that would allow for a degree of social commentary, existing humans are forced to live in segregated communities (think Aparteid-era townships) and work in sweat-shop/field-work/domestic work. They are kept ignorant and unhealthy as well as exploited. Many are forced into petty crime to survive and thus also make up the vast majority of the prison population (opportunity to bring up the prison-industrial complex). We could open up with Taylor not only being initially assaulted by a group of human thugs but then having to run away from gorilla police who are chasing the humans for being outside of their “ghettos” after curfew. Taylor gets thrown in prison and while there sparks the interest of the prison psychologist Dr. Zira (a chimp) who has him transfered over to the university her mate Dr. Cornelius works in for further study. Taylor of course convinces the chimp psychologists to question their assumptions about humans as well as their official history but run into resistance when they try to convince Dr. Zaius. That’s it. We all know the story.

    Other films could explore the hidden human civilization that lives underground in the forbidden zone, Koba’s war against the humans, etc. etc.

  • karl

    We gotta remember this idea of mutant humans living underground was presented in both Beneath & Battle of POTA which were the weakest of the saga. Direcor has to be wise enough to introduce tongue-in-cheek and smart philosophical dialogue. Beneath put wonderful apes army with Ursus gorilla dressed up like a general. Though Burton’s film was a disaster as a whole, the epic battle and make-up was wonderful and that Full Metal Jacket of the apes may work well. Dialogue of the apes will be introduced step by step until in the 3rd sequel the simian leader could develop a sort of Shakespeare speech like Roddy Mc Dowall’s Caesar in Conquest of POTA epilogue.

    In the French novel the whole situation is in another planet called Soror and apes conquest space until Ulysse gets back home to find earth was also conquered by simian culture. He writes a message, puts it in a bottle and send it to space. Astronaut chimps get the message floating in space and disregard the story because in their view humans couldn’t have the intelligence to write. In the book it’s Ulysse/Taylor the one who learns simian language.

    So there are many paths in this new franchise, astronauts lost in space could travel to the ALTERNATIVE PAST like in Burton’s film which it didn’t work cos the dialogue was wrong. In original Heston explains what happens, the atomic bomb blew up everything and the audience understood because at that time everyone was living in Cold War.

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