I must be the only critic in America who thinks that while Rupert Wyatt’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was good, it wasn’t great. Or at least, it didn’t deserve all the critical acclaim it’s gotten. I mean, it was a decent movie, with great mo-cap work by Andy Serkis, but for me it was a one-battle sequence movie, and didn’t we already see most of that bridge battle in the trailers?
In any case, my lack of appreciation of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” notwithstanding, I have to admit that it did leave a great big hole for a sequel. Something that 20th Century Fox is now prepared to take advantage of, as the studio has tapped Scott Burns to pen them a follow-up. The first movie, after all, was a prequel to how the whole “apes taking over the planet” got started. By the end, it was clear we still had a long way to go.
As for Burns, he’s written for Steven Soderbergh on “The Informant!” and “Contagion”, and has “The Bourne Ultimatum” in his credits.
Last we saw the apes, they had risen and beaten back the San Francisco police force trying to keep them down. But the apes escaping into the woods is the least of San Fran’s problem, as a virus that only affects humans, a side effect of the same science that gave the apes their heightened intelligence, has begun to spread with deadly results. It’s a good thing that Burns knows a thing or two about writing movies involving killer viruses.
Directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring James Franco and Freida Pinto, the first movie was a big hit, earning $481 million worldwide from a measly under-$100 million dollar budget.
Via : THR