Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the biggest surprises of 2011. Directed by relative newcomer Rupert Wyatt and delving back into a franchise that most people felt had long since died, the movie’s high quality helped it break out as a undeniable hit, grossing $176 million domestically. As tends to be the case, plans for a sequel were set into motion almost immediately and over the next few months Wyatt signed to return as director, star Andy Serkis was given a new deal and the original screenwriters, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, began to write the sequel to the prequel.

The Hollywood Reporter now says Scott Z. Burns, the writer behind Contagion, The Informant! and The Bourne Ultimatum, has signed to work on the film. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Briefly: Rupert Wyatt didn’t exactly come out of nowhere to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as he already had his name on The Escapist and Subterrain. But the unlikely success of his Apes prequel definitely put him on the map for a lot of audiences. Wyatt is tapped to make another Apes movie for Fox, but he’s also making other deals.

The latest is a project called Agent 13 that, if given a green light, would have Wyatt directing Charlize Theron in a sci-fi action story scripted by T.S. Nowlin. Read More »

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. Read More »

The biggest news today has been what people won’t do, rather than movies they will. We started off with Steven Soderbergh’s withdrawal from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and now we move on to the fact that Joel Edgerton has said ‘no’ to 300: Battle of Artemisia, Fox has decided not to make David Cronenberg‘s sequel to The Fly, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt won’t make the true-life ‘poisoned KGB agent’ movie Londongrad after all. Read More »

Rupert Wyatt scored this summer with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Fox is already moving forward with the development of another Apes film that Wyatt is provisionally set to direct. But that sequel isn’t yet written, so Wyatt has a chance to do something else until Fox pulls together a working Apes script.

That something may be Londongrad, a Warner Bros. film about KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned in 2006 and accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of masterminding the attempt on his life. Furthermore, for a star Warner Bros. is looking to another man who helped Fox this summer: X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender. Read More »

If you’ve seen either version of Planet of the Apes, the overall outcome of Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes shouldn’t have come as a huge shock — the end result is spelled out right there in the title, after all. But there was one key element of the ending that nearly turned out very differently, until a very late reshoot shifted the fate of one of its major characters. And given that the film ultimately wound up grossing $409 million worldwide, essentially guaranteeing a sequel or two, it was probably a pretty wise move on the part of the filmmakers. Read more about the alternate ending after the jump. (Spoilers for Rise of the Planet of the Apes follow, obviously.)

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Now, the time has finally arrived that you might actually be excited about a Twilight movie…

Warner Bros is in talks with Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and David Yates (Harry Potter films) for a new movie adaptation of The Twilight Zone. The 1983 Twilight Zone movie was presented as an anthology, each of the four stories helmed by A-list directors: Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante and George Miller. Hollywood no longer likes the idea of an anthology film (note Warner Bros’ handling of the highly praised 2007 horror anthology film Trick ‘r Treat), so the new movie is one storyline, and will require a single director.

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Now entering its third week of release, several things have contributed to making Rise of the Planet of the Apes one of the summer’s surprise hits. The general, overall positive buzz is one. An award-worthy, performance capture turn by Andy Serkis as Caesar is another. A smart, taut screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver has plenty to do with it too, as is an inspired sophomore directorial effort by Rupart Wyatt. Actors, writers and directors always gets the kudos though. Sometimes it’s the little people who are what truly makes a movie special. In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the sound is certainly one of those factors.

After the jump, watch the latest video from the SoundWorks Collection (who’ve previously tackled blockbusters like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Social Network and Tron: Legacy among others) and see what kind of work went into the sound design of the $130 million and counting hit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Read More »

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