In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, screenplay writers for the summer hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, a reboot of the original scifi franchise, have revealed that there is talks of the rebooted franchise becoming a trilogy.
The married writer couple — Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver — had this to say when asked about possible sequels to the new Apes film:
If this is the Moses story — a leader taking his people to freedom — then do you see the potential sequel as a kind of Joshua story, with the Apes fighting wars and conquering the world?
AS: I’m touching wood, because I’m superstitious! We definitely have ideas for where the sequel — plural, where the sequels — would take us. And those were kind of built into –
RJ: — the construction of the narrative already. There hasn’t been an official discussion yet about a sequel, because I think everyone still doesn’t want to jinx where we are. But we definitely have ideas.
AS: When we started this, we knew that this movie would stand on its own, and we designed it that way. But if it didn’t stand on its own, we pictured a trilogy that would start with this movie.
RJ: We definitely have ideas about [the Icarus mission]! What better plant can you put in a script then, “Oh my god, Taylor’s going up again!”
Entertainment Weekly also brings up the film’s oddly long title, one that has been a positive joke among the movie’s supporters:
One of my favorite parts of the Apes franchise is the pulpy grandiosity of the later titles: Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, and now Rise of the Planet of the Apes. What’s your dream-title for a Rise sequel?
RJ: We’re gonna have to figure that one out. That’s a great question. We do have a good sense of what will be in the sequel. Maybe in 20 years, the last one will be called Success of the Planet of the Apes.
AS: It’s that B-movie flair, that excitement. We haven’t found the cheesy-but-fun noun that would fit the action that we’re seeing.
RJ: Maybe Revenge.
20th Century Fox has yet to confirm whether or not they will push ahead with another sequel in their forty-year-old franchise, but given the box office numbers for “Rise”‘s release — raking in just over $148m in two weeks — we won’t be surprised if we hear from them soon.
[Interview via EW]