'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Sequel Might Be Sort of a 'Full Metal Jacket' with Apes Instead of Modines

August 9, 2011

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With Rise of the Planet of the Apes somehow ending up a surprising critical and commercial success, the studio's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of sequels. Let's make more CGI ape dollars! Thankfully, RotPotA director Rupert Wyatt already has an idea or two to throw at them, and it's more than just bigger and better headsets for our unconvincing scientists (though, clearly, that will be a necessity). Talking to BleedingCool, Wyatt invoked Full Metal Jacket in his description of what could be next for Caesar & Friends now that they--SPOILER--have ruined redwood forest tourism, saying:

"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."

It remains to be seen how well Wyatt's seemingly thought-out plans will jibe with 20th Century Fox's sequel hopes: a girl monkey who you can tell is a girl monkey because she has lipstick and girl eyelashes.

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