Rupert Wyatt Talks ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Sequel & More

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Many a story was written over the weekend, concerning how Rise of the Planet of the Apes has successfully washed away the memories of Tim Burton’s panned 2001 Planet of the Apes movie and rejuvenated the decades-old science fiction franchise.

Hence why discussions about a sequel (or more) to the Apes prequel have already gotten underway, given the film’s better-than-expected opening weekend at the box office.

Director Rupert Wyatt has spoken out about his plans for future installments in the series, as well as an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm novel that employs the same motion-capture technology used to create Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his simian comrades in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.


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On the topic of future Planet of the Apes movies, Wyatt offered the following (via Bleeding Cool):

“There’s so much we could do… The ideas I’ve had are all sorts of things, ranging from ‘Full Metal Jacket’ with apes… 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.”

One quality that many people seem to admire about Rise of the Planet of the Apes is how it blends elements from a variety of genre films (sci-fi cautionary tale, classic melodrama, prison escape thriller, effects-heavy blockbuster) to create a final product that feels fresher than you might expect for a rebooting prequel in a film franchise that’s been around since the late 1960s.

That’s all to say: It sounds like Wyatt has plans to do likewise with future Planet of the Apes movies – should he be given the opportunity to make them – while also amping up the political and societal allegories that were overtly present in previous installments. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?


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Word got out just a month ago that Wyatt and Serkis had been talking about the idea of using WETA’s performance-capture technology to realize the animal characters of Orwell’s famous allegorical novel, Animal Farm, in a new film adaptation. Well, as it turns out, that’s what the project is right now: just talk.

To quote Wyatt directly, on the topic of Animal Farm:

“Nothing [has happened] as yet. [Andy and I] tallked about in on set, quite a lot… [performance capture] is such a great technology to do that story, to do it in such a way that it would be interesting. We haven’t really got to a stage where we tried to visualise it…  though Andy did some early work and sent it to me. We thought we could set it in the modern day, in factory farms, and in a way that would reference our world of mass produce. But we haven’t started writing a script or anything. We haven’t got the rights.”

Wyatt and Serkis are definitely a hot pair right now, following the positive reception for their Apes prequel, so it doesn’t seem like that much of a stretch to say they could secure the rights to Orwell’s story without too much hassle. An Animal Farm movie wouldn’t be as marketable a project as other upcoming mo-cap pics (like The Adventures of Tintin), but it does have the sort of brand recognition value that Hollywood has become more obsessed with in recent years. So there’s definitely hope for this still-theoretical project.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is currently playing in theaters.

Source: Bleeding Cool (link 1) (link 2)

“Animal Farm” artwork source: Michael Steadman

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  1. i just want to say, that the rise of the planet of the apes is the best movie i’ve seen so far in 2011.

  2. Really hope they make a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It was my favorite movie this summer. Any of the ideas Wyatt is talking about would work. I like the idea of having humans living underground.

  3. sequel should be good and is any1 else getting annoyed by these ads on the bottom of the pics/ vids?

  4. I would love to see a sequel a little farther in the future when the apes become even smarter, more advanced and start to take over. I hated how in the Tim Burton one they had swords and crap. I heard in the book they were as advanced as we are. Anyway, get the guy who wrote this movie and you’ll have another great film.

  5. Animal Farm and Communism FTW

  6. Ok. Let me just say, this movie was amazing. Best of 2011.

  7. please make Animal farm with a soundtrack by pink floyd

  8. If they make a sequel I hope they concentrate on story, and not just big action sequences. While i enjoyed the ending action sequence in this movie, the main reason I liked it, was because there was story that led up to that point, and it had actual meaning. Not just a bunch of monkeys rampaging through the cities. In other words, keep the formula the same. Don’t waste time with over the top special effects, etc.

    • Couldn’t agree more with you, dude.

  9. going to see this friday. i keep hearing its great.

  10. anything would be better then the one they just released longest 90 mins of my life and i love how people complained about Tron, with bridges face on clu, Cesar’s face was soooo much worse it was laughable at times, the only redeeming quality of rise was the bridge battle and little easter eggs in the movie , the rest was a yawn fest, least favorite movie of the summer, blahhhh

    • Oh yeah the effects for Caesar were SO bad and fake looking, like a PS1 game almost…

      You’ve got to be kidding.

    • @LocoLobo73- I think your jus saying that jus to say it. I dont think you really mean it. And if not, if you really do think clu’s face was far better realstic than Caesar’s, then you need your eyes checked.

      • Yeah seriously Lobo, I know this site says no personal attacks but you sound like a jackass saying the effects for Caesar were bad. Its was by the same people who did frikkin AVATAR, and said it used and improved the same technology used for that movie.

  11. Best movie of 2011 hands down.

  12. rise of the apes deserves more box office then HP 7.2 really hoe they do more of these movies and animal fame sounds interesting as a mo-cap movie

  13. I thought the whole idea behind Rise destroyed the dramatic arc of the original series for me.

    Seeing our main character on the beach screaming about how we basically destroyed the planet (insinuating some sort of global war) was quite powerful. Rise destroys that for me.

    • Wat?

      • Captain,

        Go watch the original Planet of the Apes. When Heston gets away and “rides off into the sunset” he comes across the ruins of the statue of liberty.

        This was a poignant on-screen moment in that it was a statement against nuclear arms. The thought was that we bombed ourselves into the stone age and through this became less advanced than ruling class monkeys. We lost our ability to communicate and be civilized.

        This was a powerful statement. Rise takes the nuclear war argument off the table.

    • Taylor only assumed thats what happened- he could’nt know for sure. Of course, my argument gets shot to hell in Beneath the Planet of The Apes!

  14. they do need to make a movie out of the play “Animal Farm”

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