'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Sequel Maybe Going 'Full Metal Jacket'

August 9, 2011
Source: Bleeding Cool

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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.

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When a franchise makes gold better believe the sequel is not far ahead...

Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011


I really dug the first.  I wouldnt be opposed to the missing astronauts returning to a world hundreds of yrs into the future where the apes' society and culture rules.  Just me.  They have a rather unexpected hit on their hands, lets just hope they dont over-reach and do something stupid!  🙂   

Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011


I agree with Solo... we know the mars mission has gone missing. what better set up for a remake. But then again, I think they need a to fill in the how the world ends up with the statue of liberty washd up on some beach somewhere first as well. can they do that on one film? that is the task at hand.

glutusmaximus on Aug 9, 2011


I don't think they need to go back and explain anything from this point forth I think they should go ahead with fresh ideas I don't need to see how the statue of liberty got washed ashore. They've done a good job of explaining everything from the apes take over.

Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011


I heard in the next installment they will have the Apes take over the country and manipulate all of the landmarks to re-create world history to make it look like the world has been dominated by apes all along. Just then as history is forgotten - a human space ship crash lands and Mark Walberg jumps out.

Spoilerinsider on Aug 9, 2011


Not to thrilled about either of those.  They just seem....silly.  Human spies working for the apes?  I don't know, doesn't settle with me.  Loved the movie though, so at least there's that.

Mike P. on Aug 9, 2011


Obviously, they have to play on two themes... the decay of mankind thank you  James Franco for your wonderful  virus, and the astronauts in space. I say leave the astronauts for about 3 movies... let's see straight up human/ape relations for a couple of flicks first. I wanna see society collapse, dammit! Uhh, on film...

Wobblinggonzo on Aug 9, 2011


but they are saying two years for a sequel... are they nuts? Push it up a year, man! We're hungry!

Wobblinggonzo on Aug 9, 2011


I don't like the humans working for apes theme, as it just turns the slavery angle right around, which, if I know Caesar, is not his angle. They need a flick where Caesar develops his Apes into a society with new found intelligence, while at the same time, humanity is collapsing all on it's own. Rupert, are you listening??

Wobblinggonzo on Aug 9, 2011


I like that they have to find a new twist (caeser speaking made sense yet was totally unexpected and it rocked) explaining or showing the statue of liberty is no longer necessary, we already KNOW that the planet of the apes is earth already, it worked extremely well in the original but its no longer a shocker to find this out. The sequel(s) have to expand on the myth, connect the dots better and show how the apes evolved into different roles (law, military, science, religion, arts, etc) This new reboot has so much potential, god I hope they are able to realize it!

lando on Aug 10, 2011


oh yea, FULL METAL JACKET with apes would just rock, and that reminds me, a sequel needs to have a little more violence! NOT that I want an action adventure, but the very nature of primate violence is brutal in nature and needs to be reflected in the movies better, or more than just the hot girl stating how violent apes are...

lando on Aug 10, 2011


Just no, shut up.  The film was good the way it was.  It had the exact perfect amount of action.  That's what made it good, they played up on the story of the planet of the apes not all the action and violence.  No to a Full Metal Jacket with apes, we need to see what makes Cesar snap.  Cesar shows so much compassion towards humans in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we need to see what breaks him to treat humans like slaves, like...apes.  As James Franco's character says "You know what they are capable of"  the film needs to show what humans are capable of and that the apes are capable of much more.  Possibly apes using the virus as a weapon?  I just hope it's good.

Daneggers89 on Aug 21, 2011


Yea land I agree w/u. If u watched the apes n the 70's , u already kno the story. The full metal jacket theme sounds rite on tyme, it's lyke they have unfinished business with alot more to get off there chests. Leave astronauts on the moon, let's deal w/the now!!!

Eyzonyew on Dec 28, 2011


Yes...and when the humans are underground, they can all be deformed telepaths worshiping a nuclear bomb....NOT.

Anonymous on Aug 10, 2011


As long as Ceasar returns for the next film i'm cool with whatever they want to do. This film is the best ive seen so far this year so i'll trust them with the next one.

Last Son on Aug 10, 2011


how about...they connect the sequel to the tim burton's one. been going over and over on this.

redguy on Aug 10, 2011


they should round up all existing copies of Burtons film and hurl them into the sun.

lando on Aug 10, 2011


I got a great part 2 and 3 so hear me out So lest go part 2 starts with Caesar  as old we have his son in charge the same guy that said Caesar talked tells it to the news, but we don't believe it,we think it was a random zoo escape  he says they can talk the government covers it up he keeps going on talk shows till he dies saying apes are smart and they can talk  they say hes crazy like the 911 nuts, that say it was a inside humans start dying they think its like aids cause the government covered up the t virus, lets call it T virus so man dies world wide caeser wants to free all his people apes in zoos. so he does notice the Caesars  freed us in the other movies,  people start to believe  that apes started the virus or there to blame like aids so they nuke city's to kill  the apes, but the apes are smarter then us they have a radiation pill that works like we have   . Caesar  is dying like i said his son is in charge , man goes to ask  Caesars  son for help cause they the apes  survived radiation and the virus, there super smart smarter then man so they go to them for a cure with a promise to live in peace . Caesar  son goes to his father and ask him he says yes help man , my dad was a man and i loved him, man can be trusted like my dad .  Notice the hint in part one he doesn't like to kill . so they find a old T cylinder like in part one  they find a   cure with the apes help . Man secretly plots to wage war with apes to take earth back now that there is no virus they are  safe .but theres is spy ape that man trust he tells Caesars son they are coming for war to take earth back to kill all the apes .Caesars son tells his dad man lied thy are coming to kill all of us  he  ask his dad what do we do he says i granted them peace helped them  but they lied he dies will crying his son cry's  to . his son gives the same chant as his father in rise of the apes that  means war so they have a war  like no other apes win but don't kill all of man  at the end we see the space ship going to earth saying 3000 years later on the timer in the space ship end of part 2 Flag Like Reply Reply  

Lakerstekkenn on Aug 12, 2011

19 this guy got all the sequel figured out

Qwertyhujnm on Aug 19, 2011


If ur a fan of the original planet of the apes, u already kno the story. So the full metal jacket theme works. Keep fresh & suspenseful ideas. It was called RISE for a reason

Eyzonyew on Dec 28, 2011



Eyzonyew on Dec 28, 2011


I went to the show to see all the original Planet of the Apes movies, ( as a preteen yes I am that old) this sequel has to be new and fresh.  The full metal jacket theme has been played too many times, to a new audience it will be OK....but you have to consider the whole spectrum of people who will see the have a large generational following.   The full metal jacket does not need to be the main theme....but you must have a good plot, good special effects, and a surprise ending.

Mptoblerone on Dec 29, 2011


I personally like the idea of the apes raising their own families and maybe Ceasar can be much older with alot of life experiences. Like some people have said Ceasar potrayed in the show just wants to be away from the control of humanity but maybe his son (a heir) could be more power hungry and more intelligent enough to think Apes are above humans

Gaviino1990 on May 16, 2012


The ape thats ceazer threw off his dad at the end comes back in the sequel and starts a rebellion against ceazer. Remember he was just as smart as ceazer in the lab. He and the ape that fought ceazer when he first was joined with the apes partner up and want opposite of ceazer and his clan which is to kill the humans and take over the planet cause they figured the humans are dying because of the virus. Ceazers dad needing help along with the government cause the rebellion apes are killing and causing havoc  turn to ceazer and his clan which brings in how apes started socializing with human. Cause ceazer said his clan had to be safe and able to live among humans for their help cause they became to be smarter than humans. The astronauts don't have to be a factor right now they could just play that as the first of many launches until their ready to make that launch we all know from the original movie. So we have good and bad apes somewhere down the line the bad apes learn about missiles and bombs which can be used and blew up the statue of liberty. just some ideas lol  

Publix283 on Jun 8, 2012

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