Nobody expected Rise of the Planet of the Apes to A) Be good, or B) Make $450 million worldwide, but that’s what happened and 20th Century Fox have now taken their first steps towards making a sequel.
According to Deadline “the studio just closed what I’m told is a healthy seven-figure deal for Andy Serkis to reprise his role as lead ape Caesar”. 20th Century Fox are also intending to mount an Oscar campaign for Serkis’ performance in the film, which earned much praise from critics in August.
James Franco and Freida Pinto have yet to sign, which suggests Serkis and his performance capture abilities are top priority. Depending on the direction of the sequel James Franco and Freida Pinto may not be required, as the ending of the first film left things open.
Director Rupert Wyatt’s is already locked following the deal he made for the first film, and screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have signed to return. Earlier this year director Rupert Wyatt spoke about his ideas for a potential sequel, and said it could take place several years after the events of the first film with humans potentially living underground and apes taking over cities.
Are you interested in a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes?