When ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ earned $54 million in domestic ticket sales in its opening weekend, everyone knew it wouldn’t be long before a sequel would be in the works. Now at $453 million in worldwide ticket sales, 20th Century Fox is making sure the star of the first movie will be on hand for the sequel. If you’re thinking of James Franco or Frieda Pinto, then guess again. Fox offered CGI star Andy Serkis to reprise his role as Caesar for the next film.
Unlike director Rupert Wyatt’s original contract, Serkis did not have an option to return if a sequel were to be made. Fox, in its ultimate wisdom, realized Serkis’ contribution to the success of ‘Rise’, and according to Deadline offered him a lucrative 7 figure deal to come back which he obviously accepted. The studio thinks so highly of Serkis that they will also be campaigning for him for an Oscar nomination for his work as Caesar.
Joining director Wyatt and Serkis in the sequel will be returning screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Although no storyline has been discussed or even written, rumors has it that ‘Rise’ would serve as the first of an ‘Apes’ trilogy. No word as to whether or not Franco or Pinto will be back but then again, it may depend on whether their characters are needed in the sequel. Given ‘Rise’s’ closing scenes, the screenwriters may start with a whole new group of humans. At least we know that Caesar will be returning for more monkey business.
Serkis has made a name for himself in the world of CGI and while many may not recognize his face, they do know his work. His physical movements and characteristics are the basis of popular characters like Gollum (‘Lord of the Rings’), Kong (‘King Kong’) and he will be “seen” again as Captain Haddock in ‘The Adventures of Tin Tin.’
So, what do you think? Would you see the sequel to ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’? And would you want to see James Franco back in a lead role? As for me, I’m happy with the news of Caesar! As usual, when more information comes in, we’ll make sure to let you know!