Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Fox is already at work pulling together a film to follow Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which became a surprise audience and critical favorite this summer. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, writers on Rise, are writing the next film, which Wyatt is currently slated to direct.
We don’t know any specifics about the sequel at this point, despite the fact that Wyatt has said a lot of things about where it could possibly go. But the screenwriters recently made one comment that fans of the film might find interesting. That’s below, and I suppose it’s worth noting that really talking about their comment requires some spoilers for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
We’re working on the sequel right now, to the prequel, and so the excitement is – I’m not gonna tell you, but – are they gonna talk or not? Part of the challenge was how to get across what was happening between the apes without words. In the end I think it was a good challenge for us. It created better storytelling.
We know from the many existing films in the Apes franchise that speech eventually comes to the characters, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes ended with the lead character Caesar speaking for the first time. And while I did like the fact that Rise had to get along without the apes speaking (there was a bit of cheating with sign language and subtitles) the next film really does need to move forward with the fact that Caesar can speak. But there could be drama there, as that might position him as being closer to human than the rest of his brethren.
Oh, there’s also a seemingly jokey mention of the title for the sequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Part Two. That seems unlikely, but we’ll have to wait until Fox announces something official to know that aspect for certain.