No one thought there would be a 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' sequel. Hell, no one wanted a 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' sequel -- at least, not to begin with. Back on Aug. 4, a day before the movie was released, the expectations weren't high; then, seemingly out of nowhere, the film turned into a critical darling and grossed almost half a billion dollars worldwide. Fast-forward to three months later and there's some not-so-surprising 'Apes' sequel updates. Deadline reports that Andy Serkis is close to signing a deal to reprise his role as Caesar the ape.

Serkis's involvement makes sense; there was even brief Oscar talk surrounding his portrayal of the main character, which could continue. Deadline also reports that Fox plans on campaigning for what would be a breakthrough nomination.

There is still no official word on what the sequel would be about, though director Rupert Wyatt has toyed with the idea of a 'Full Metal Jacket'-esque storyline. "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," Wyatt told Bleeding Cool.

Serkis can be seen next as Captain Haddock in 'The Adventures of Tintin' on Dec. 21.

[via Deadline]

[Photo: 20th Century Fox]



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