Now that Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a smash hit, talk is turning to a sequel. And the first person to bring it up is the film's director.
The reboot/prequel to the Apes franchise made $54 million at the box office on its opening weekend, far surpassing the expectations of studio 20th Century Fox. So with audiences clearly interested in the apes—and the movie's ending paving the way for a sequel—director Rupert Wyatt told the BBC that "hopefully we'll get to do it again" and that he's got "plenty of ideas" for the next chapter in the story.
And just where would he like to see the Apes saga go? He gave Bleeding Cool some possibilities (spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the movie yet):
"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."
Sounds like he's got lots of directions he'd like to take the story in, although none of them seem to relate to anything in the original series. Is that okay with you? Would you like to see future Apes movies circle back to the original mythology, or do any of the directions that Wyatt has suggested grab you?