Hardly anyone expected Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes to do any sort of well at the box office, but it did and in the process recaptured the imagination of fans everywhere. Of course a sequel is on its way, and thankfully the man who really brought everything together is back on board!
According to Deadline the studio just signed a healthy seven-figure deal for Andy Serkis to reprise his role as lead ape Caesar. Serkis had only signed on for one movie so his reps had leverage in ensuring that he come back to continue leading the ape takeover in multiple future installments of the series.
Director Rupert Wyatt’s original deal came with a sequel option so he’s locked. So are screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who are producing with Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark.
The studio is still in the idea stage, and the sequel hasn’t been dated for release. As for Franco and Pinto, those decisions will likely be made when the direction of the film crystallizes. The studio certainly has the leverage there; the clever construct of the first film ended with a wallop that makes everyone expendable.
In other cool news Fox will wage an Oscar campaign for Andy Serkis for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. We couldn’t be happier to hear that. Well deserved!
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