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The sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes gets a new writer

05.15.2012

Despite it's rather long title, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was a surprise hit last year. So it was fairly certain that the film would get a sequel.

The director, Rupert Wyatt and writers on the first committed to the second installment which would see the apes set to become society's new rulers. Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa were brought back to write a draft, but it also seems that CONTAGION writer Scott Z. Burns has been hired as well.

It's not specified if Burns was brought on to polish the draft from Silver and Jaffa, or if he is on to write his own draft.

As far as the cast is concerned, Serkis will return as Caesar. Not word yet on Franco. No telling if his character is even going to be written into the sequel.

Source: THR

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3:33PM on 05/16/2012
Joss Whedon could work wonders on this. The apes can't figure out how to work together until some character that the audience doesn't care about dies, inspiring them to join forces and work together!
Joss Whedon could work wonders on this. The apes can't figure out how to work together until some character that the audience doesn't care about dies, inspiring them to join forces and work together!
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3:18PM on 05/17/2012
HAHAHA...
You REALLY didn't like AVENGERS, did you ?
HAHAHA...
You REALLY didn't like AVENGERS, did you ?
8:46AM on 05/16/2012
ROTPOTA (even as an acronym it's a mouthful) was excellent - way better than I expected before early reviews started coming in. With regards to where this fits into the other movies, I reckon this is a new series on its own as the new origin for Caesar and lack of anyone heading off into space before society crumbles suggests this is a new take on the story differing from the films (original & Burtonised) and indeed the original novel. As such I'm excited to see where they'll go with the sequel
ROTPOTA (even as an acronym it's a mouthful) was excellent - way better than I expected before early reviews started coming in. With regards to where this fits into the other movies, I reckon this is a new series on its own as the new origin for Caesar and lack of anyone heading off into space before society crumbles suggests this is a new take on the story differing from the films (original & Burtonised) and indeed the original novel. As such I'm excited to see where they'll go with the sequel - if we get to a nazi-esque gorilla secret police force at some stage I'll be happy.
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7:56AM on 05/16/2012
I would prefer Franco to sit out, but if he is in it, maybe they should start the film kind of like the original ending. Not sure if that would work, but I did not like the way it ended - should have stuck with the first ending they shot. Really looking forward to this sequel.
I would prefer Franco to sit out, but if he is in it, maybe they should start the film kind of like the original ending. Not sure if that would work, but I did not like the way it ended - should have stuck with the first ending they shot. Really looking forward to this sequel.
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6:35AM on 05/16/2012

What is with the inane "long title" hatred you guys keep saying?

The original series all had the same pattern of titles:

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Geez, give it a rest...focus on something worth criticizing.
The original series all had the same pattern of titles:

Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Geez, give it a rest...focus on something worth criticizing.
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5:14AM on 05/16/2012
really? a sequel???
i did not like ROTPOTA, it had a nice moment here and there, but the overall movie was weak at best, and the ending, Jesus, donīt even get me started...
i hope if this gets done, they get it right the second time.
really? a sequel???
i did not like ROTPOTA, it had a nice moment here and there, but the overall movie was weak at best, and the ending, Jesus, donīt even get me started...
i hope if this gets done, they get it right the second time.
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1:53PM on 05/16/2012
Since the aggregate of reviews were positive and box office was strong, deciding to go ahead with a sequel doesn't seem surprising at all. Definitely not "double question mark for effect" surprising. Film production doesn't usually get stall by minority opinions voiced on comment threads.
Since the aggregate of reviews were positive and box office was strong, deciding to go ahead with a sequel doesn't seem surprising at all. Definitely not "double question mark for effect" surprising. Film production doesn't usually get stall by minority opinions voiced on comment threads.
2:16AM on 05/16/2012
I'm a fan of Scott Z Burns. Contagion was very well-written. It was thrilling and realistic and never went over the top, which is what the Rise sequel needs. And yay for more Caesar.
I'm a fan of Scott Z Burns. Contagion was very well-written. It was thrilling and realistic and never went over the top, which is what the Rise sequel needs. And yay for more Caesar.
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12:04AM on 05/16/2012

Oooo chimpanzee that

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10:48PM on 05/15/2012
Rise was brilliant. I just hope they can capture lightning twice.
Rise was brilliant. I just hope they can capture lightning twice.
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8:14PM on 05/15/2012
I thought Rise was surprisingly good.

But I'm still confused as to what timeline it belongs to.

Does it belong to the original 60s/70s lines of films, does it belong to the Burton remake, or is it a reboot in a timeline all of its own?
I thought Rise was surprisingly good.

But I'm still confused as to what timeline it belongs to.

Does it belong to the original 60s/70s lines of films, does it belong to the Burton remake, or is it a reboot in a timeline all of its own?
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8:00PM on 05/15/2012
Really liked the first one hopefully he is contributing to the already written draft rather than making a completely new one.
Really liked the first one hopefully he is contributing to the already written draft rather than making a completely new one.
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