‘Contagion’ writer set to tackle sequel to ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’
Director Rupert Wyatt delivers a summer surprise with 2011’s “Planet of the Apes” reboot starring James Franco and Andy Serkis. While at CinemaCon, FOX Fox CEO Tom Rothman told Collider that the studio was “pushing forward aggressively” on the sequel.
Now Heat Vision reported Tuesday that the film officially has a writer in Scott Z. Burns, who scribed “Contagion” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” as well as “The Informant!,” which also starred Matt Damon.
Burns takes over from a draft by the original “Rise” team of Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.
While there have been no hints to the direction of sequel, last summer, while promoting the first film, Wyatt offered this statement while talking with Bleeding Cool.
“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 dehumanizes them.”