Hot off the successful opening weekend for his latest film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, director Rupert Wyatt and his FX supervisor Dan Lemmon discuss ideas that they have for a possible sequel. Spanning from a Full Metal Jacket approach to a post-apocalyptic fall out idea where humans take shelter underground from the virus. It’s all really interesting stuff and at this point I’m just excited for a sequel. I hope they do go in a new direction and not copy much from any of the other Apes films, but at the same time if they can incorporate it in naturally then I’m all for it. I just want to see a sequel to what can easily be described as the best studio movie of the summer and one of the best of the year.
BleedingCool was able to chat with these two fellows and this is what they had to say:
“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’m very curious to see what they end up going with. I’m sure it will be great as long as Rupert Wyatt returns as well as the rest of the cast and crew. I really think they nailed it with Rise and it would be a shame to see him step back and act as a producer. Wyatt has the visuals down perfectly and he knows how to tell a story with the apes, now all he has to do is work on the dialogue for the humans!
Check out my review for Rise of the Planet of the Apes right here and if you haven’t seen the film yet then get out there and catch it! Support a good sci-fi that uses special effects to enhance the story instead of just covering up a lazy one!