Hot off some terrific buzz, Rise of the Planet of the Apes stormed the weekend box office and snatched the top spot from Cowboys & Aliens with $54 million. Between the delicate, emotional story and the brilliant special effects, there's really no question whether 20th Century Fox will forge ahead and use this film to re-launch the Planet of the Apes franchise. Those who took in a screening of Rise of the Planet of the Apes over the weekend already know that the film ends with tons of different avenues to travel down in future installments, which, we imagine, will show how, exactly, the Apes wound up taking control of our planet.
If Fox is smart they'll keep director Rupert Wyatt in charge behind the camera (as well as Andy Serkis in charge of Caesar) because both did a tremendous job in delivering one of the best franchise reboots we've ever seen. Sure it lacked a bit in its development of the human characters, but you're so invested in the Apes story that the humans become secondary ... and that was kinda cool.
Speaking to Bleeding Cool about his ideas for a sequel, Wyatt said (potential spoilers ahead), “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.”
The virus really does add a fascinating element to the story, and it'll be interesting to see how both the humans and Apes evolve as that virus spreads. With so many directions to go in, what would you like to see from a Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel?