Rise of the Planet of the Apes made $54 million this weekend. It had a budget of $90 million. That’s pretty much a guarantee that there will be a sequel in the works.
Director Rupert Wyatt’s vision for the film is what made it so great: focus on the apes. He looks to continuing that theme for the sequels he has planned. He tells Bleeding Cool:
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.
My mind was just blown. Full Metal Jacket with apes!? Visions of Avatar come to mind and that final battle sequence between the humans and Na’Vi. Or a more thriller with ape spies and humans and apes trying to live in peace? So X-Men with apes!? How about both? Remember, Rise is the first part of a reboot of the series. Not a prequel.