'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Sequel Maybe Going 'Full Metal Jacket'
After exceeding expectations with $54 million at the box office last weekend, it's no secret that audiences seemed to be quite smitten with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, despite that mouthful of a title. So with such strong performance at the box office, how's the potential for sequels looking? Well, director Rupert Wyatt told Bleeding Cool about his ideas on where he'd like to go with subsequent films. However, for those of you who may not have seen the original Planet of the Apes and/or haven't seen this prequel yet, beware of plenty of spoiler material in Wyatt's ideas on exactly where a sequel could be headed down the road.
His first idea takes a cue from the classic military movie Full Metal Jacket:
"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."
Though it probably wouldn't be as extreme or dark as the aforementioned military flick, the prospect of such a film with apes is certainly thought provoking. However, I like his second approach to a sequel which Wyatt says would have:
"…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.”
This seems like the best follow-up to the open-ended conclusion to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and the idea of humans spying for the apes in order to save themselves from the virus is an interesting plot device. Either way, we're probably at least a couple years away from a sequel, and it hasn't even been greenlit yet so anything can happen.