I walked out of Rupert Wyatt‘s now wildly successful Planet of the Apes prequel thinking that it was a focused, satisfying film that concentrated on a very small, very personal story; but also that it worked well as an introduction to a sci-fi world that is ripe for further exploration. Sure, since this is a prequel we all know where it’s going to eventually end up: with apes wearing clothes, speaking English, and being in control of the whole planet; but there’s a whole big history between the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and when that space shuttle to Mars crashes back down in Planet of the Apes that can still be explored.
I walked out of Rise of the Planet of the Apes wondering how long it would be before film geeks started salivating over the idea of getting an Ape War movie, just like they salivated over the idea of getting a Machine War movie for years after The Terminator. It turns out as I was wondering, it had already been happening, and that geek doing all of the salivating was Rupert Wyatt himself.
Recently Wyatt had a discussion with Bleeding Cool, and they managed to get quite a bit out of him about his plans for a potential Apes sequel. And just like every red blooded geek in the world, the thing he’s most excited about is having a big war where the apes fight the humans, “There’s so much we could do,” Wyatt says “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.” I thought it was cool enough seeing a gorilla wrestle with a mounted police officer in Wyatt’s first film, but the phrase “Full Metal Jacket with apes” is now something that will be burned into by brain until I get to see it play out. Just imagine how dirty the apes’ rhyming chants will be when they’re marching. Awesome.
Wyatt doesn’t seem to simple be mulling over the idea of doing an Ape War movie though, he’s going into full on Chris Farley mode, gushing about all the possibilities of cool things that you could do in that environment. He goes on saying, “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.” And he continues to opine that it would be completely awesome to have, “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 (sic) them.” This is the kind of rambling, child-like excitement that I love to hear coming out of filmmakers’ mouths. When the ape revolution comes, I’ll be the first one in line holding a ticket.