Definitely one of the film that I really enjoyed this year was the rebirth of the classic Sci-Fi series Planet of the Apes. Rise of The Planet of The Apes was an amazing film and if you haven’t seen it already, you should definitely check it out. The Blu-Ray is scheduled to come out sometime this December. Also, check out our review from our writer Rocky who graded the film an A.
Now then, today it was announced that a huge deal has been made to have multiple sequels for the new series. Director Rupert Wyatt is back and Andy Serkis will return as well, to reprise his role as Cesar. The actor reportedly grabbed himself a whooping 7 figure deal to return.
Serkis had only signed on for one movie, so his reps had leverage in ensuring that he come back to continue leading the ape takeover in multiple future installments of the series. Director Rupert Wyatt’s original deal came with a sequel option, so he’s locked.
According to Deadline, Fox is really pushing for an Oscar nomination for Serkis role in Rise of The Planet of the Apes. If you remember back in 2003, there was a heavy push to get Serkis nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings. This started a debate on the legitimacy of CGI-assisted acting. Some critics felt Serkis should have been nominated since his voice, body language, and facial expressions were used in the portrayal of the character.
As far as James Franco and his co-star Freida Pinto go, there is no word if they will return but screenwriters from the first film, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, will be back for another installment.
Awhile back, Director Rupert Wyatt did an interview on what fans could expect if there was in fact 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 dehumanizes them.”
Sounds like the sequels are sure to be promising. I eagerly wait to hear more info on these projects.
Also check out the video below from the Discovery Channel’s interview with Andy Serkis on his role in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.