Rise of the Planet of the Apes (read my review HERE ) took the top spot at the weekend box office, pulling in $54 million in just its first three days of release. This is good news for 20th Century Fox and the filmmakers, who had a continuing film franchise in mind when creating the latest movie. Rise director Rupert Wyatt has a few interesting ideas of his own regarding a possible sequel.
In an interview with Bleeding Cool, Wyatt said he has a wide range of ideas for a sequel, one of which would be “Full Metal Jacket with apes.” (Continue reading for Wyatt’s ideas and note, if you haven’t seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes, some of the content could be considered Spoilers.)
â€œThereâ€™s so much we could doâ€¦ The ideas Iâ€™ve had are all sorts of things, ranging from Full Metal Jacket with apesâ€¦ 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 thatâ€™s a way they can avoid the virus, coming up above ground wearing gas masks, and maybe thatâ€™s what dehumanises them.â€
A war movie with apes? Consider my ass excited about that idea. Wyatt and his cast and crew definitely set the stage for a bold new Planet of the Apes film series with Rise and it will be intriguing to see how future sequels will build on that film’s limitless potential and the direction suggested by its final scenes.
Seeing the apes continue to evolve and coalesce into an indomitable army as they fight to take over Earth from their human oppressors would make for a bang-up sequel if done right, and it appears this is where Wyatt wants to take the movie if he gets the chance to direct it. Going by the critical acclaim (81% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and enthusiastic audience response (an average grade of A Minus based on audience reactions, according to the market research film Cinemascore) that has greeted Rise since its opening last Friday, Fox would be foolish to not bring back the film’s creative team and cast so they can continue the story the right way. One can only hope they’ll do right by this series for once. They’re off to a damn fine start.