Rise of the Planet of the Apes beat expectations this weekend by making around $54 million at the US box office and $23 million overseas. With a production budget of $93 million it won’t have any trouble making it’s money back, and then some, so there’s a good chance the apes will be rising again in the future.
While on the rounds promoting the film, which has 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, director Rupert Wyatt spoke about his ideas for a potential sequel, and said it could take place several years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
From 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.”
I haven’t had the chance to see the film yet as it won’t hit UK screens until Wednesday, but feedback i’ve read suggests this is a surprisingly good film. This time last year X-Men: First Class was still in prep and Apes had just started filming, so the fact 20th Century Fox have managed to make two good movies despite the rush is quite an achievement. Plus they’re both prequels/reboots which people tend to discourage.
To those who’ve seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes, what would you like to see in a potential sequel?