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“Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2: Rise Higher”? Well, whatever they decide to call the sequel, it has to be better than the clumsy “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, right? Unless, of course, they decide to do what I just joked about and tacked on to the existing title. Whatever the case, you can expect a sequel soon enough. The film has already earned $78 million worldwide, and it hasn’t even been in theaters for a full week yet.
Last we saw Caesar and the boys, they were hightailing it into the woods. So where next? Director Rupert Wyatt has ideas. 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.
The end of the human world was already beginning at the end of “Rise”, so it probably makes sense to continue on that path, with the apes rising to dominance slowly but surely. Though I’m not sure about the whole idea of apes “employing” spies. With what? Bananas? Just saying.
We’ll know the answer soon enough.