Fox: ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ 2 to Start Production this Summer

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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After the considerable commercial and critical success of last summer’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it’s no surprise that 20th Century Fox recently announced that filming on Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2 could begin as early as this summer.

According to Coming Soon, Tom Rothman, Chief Creative Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment, delivered the news, but stopped short of revealing any other relevant details, including possible release dates. Summer 2013 is theoretically a possibility, but the field is already fairly crowded with other big-budget Fox projects, including the Marvel superhero actioner The Wolverine. It’s probably safe to assume that any Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel will hit theaters sometime in mid-to-late 2013.

Cast and crew details are equally sparse. James Franco’s involvement remains up in the air, as does that of director Rupert Wyatt. However, Andy Serkis, who played the ape revolutionary leader, Caesar, in the first film, has confirmed that he will reprise his role. Serkis’ participation bodes well for the sequel, given that his nuanced, sympathetic portrayal of Caesar provided some of the most compelling material in Rise. This news is also somewhat surprising, since Serkis also plays a principle role in Peter Jackson’s upcoming two-part film The Hobbit. If production of the Rise sequel does indeed get underway later this year, he will have to juggle two substantial, time-consuming acting commitments.

andy serkis rise planet apes sequel Fox: Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2 to Start Production this Summer

The open-endedness of Rise means that a sequel could take the story in virtually any direction. Presumably, it would again focus largely on Caesar and his fellow genetically-enhanced primate fugitives, but would it pick up immediately where the first film left off? If so, it may deal with the rapidly-spreading pandemic unwittingly created by Franco’s character, which by implication causes the near-extinction of humans while turning apes into super-geniuses.

The sequel could also take place sometime later, as the scattered remnants of humanity struggle for survival against their hyper-intelligent simian overlords. Whatever the specifics, Fox obviously realizes the potential for a lucrative franchise, and will likely look to the original Planet of the Apes series for inspiration, or even future remakes. Therefore, this upcoming sequel will probably attempt to bridge at least some of the narrative gap between Rise and the Charlton Heston/Roddy McDowall original. With any luck, this revamped series won’t succumb to the convolution that plagued Tim Burton’s remake back in 2001.

The planned Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel is expected to enter theaters sometime in the summer or fall of 2013.

Source: ComingSoon   

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  1. Great news.

    Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was one of the best movies of 2011.

    Maybe the best reboot ever.

    • I agree 100% with that…

      Best reboot AND best Planet of the Apes movie ever.

      You hit the nail on the head with that.

      • @ big baby jesus

        I have to agree with ya that it was one of the best reboots made that ive seen. Much better than Tim Burton’s 2001 take on the franchise. I was skeptical at first but was impressed & enjoyed it.

    • Maybe even BEST SCI – FI Film ever ?

      • NO

      • NO i think ur crazy. Just a great movie. Batman Begins was the best reboot (this comes close imo). As for Best Scifi film ever? Let me have some of whatever you’re smoking.

    • I also have to agree.

    • I have to agree nawtnt it was hands down. I think Andy Serkis got robbed he should have gotten some recognition for his role as caesar. I can’t wait this comes out.

      • They may need to introduce a new acting category, I can’t see them giving a best actor award for a motion-capture role any time soon.

        But it takes just as much talent and effort, so I agree there should be some form of recognition, his portrayal of Gollum was also brilliant.

  2. This is great news. Hopefully Rupert Wyatt will return to direct. I’m so happy we’re getting the sequel sooner rather than later.

    • Wyatt is confirmed to direct !

  3. And let’s not forget Serkis is a 2nd Unit Director on The Hobbit.
    So if he’s still doing that plus acting in The Hobbit his schedule could really be cramped.
    So I hope Fox doesn’t rush this so much so that they feel they could move on without him.
    Serkis is Caeser.

  4. When asked if he would miss James Franco if he indeed did not return, Caesar emphatically replied, “Nnnnooooooo!”

  5. Finally,ROTPTA was an awesome movie,it definately deserves a sequel

  6. I loved this movie so I am definitely excited to see this happen and I am excited to see where it will go.

  7. Serkis is becoming a legend, if he hasn’t already.

    50 years later, everybody will still be talking about what a magnificent job he did with these characters.

  8. Agreed… One of the best reboot in long time… Andy Serkins at his best.

  9. They will have to tread carefully with the sequel.

    I hope they won’t jump right in to having the apes ruling the planet.

    There has to be some transitional period, where the balance of power shifts from one to the other. I can easily see this lasting two more films.

    If they simply go right to Ape Overlords, it will only end up being rehash of the earlier PotA movies.

    • Agreed!

      I wanna see how the Apes take control. If I get a intro just stating “the humans are mostly dead and the apes are now in control” I am going to be pissed. I want to see the Apes start to organize and what they do with the remaining humans. Cesar doesn’t hate humans… I don’t see him rounding them up as slaves.

  10. Look spam, hahaha.

  11. Looks good–Rise is in my Netflix list.

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  13. I have watched all of the original planet of the ape films. I have always been fascinated by them in an exciting way. The remake was even better, so much so that I can not wait to see the other remakes. I am waiting with baited breath excited. I have watched the remake at least 12 times now amazing .

  14. this time Adam Sandler or Matt Dillon in Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2

  15. Obviously this article revealed some mis-information by stating the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes would happen in mid-2013. Nope. The media posts a false article again. We’re now in 2014 and no word about a sequel yet, but nice try.