RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Sequel Could Be Released In 2014

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Sequel Could Be Released In 2014

UPDATED: 20th Century Fox CEO Tom Rothman updates on the upcoming sequel, confirming that Rupert Wyatt will return to direct, that the script is being worked on now, and what the goal for the release date is.

Yesterday, we heard that 20th Century Fox has officially confirmed that a sequel to last year's hit sci-fi film Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was in the works. Now, speaking with Collider, Fox CEO Tom Rothman updated on the status of the sequel. "That’s very much on the tracks. We’re developing a script. Rupert Wyatt, who directed the first one, will direct the second one. We’re pushing forward aggressively, so the script’s being written now."

It was suggested in yesterday's report that the film could begin production this year, potentially for a 2013 release. Rothman, however, says that the studio's goal is to release it in 2014. "Yeah, I think it would make sense if we can, you know we serve no wine before it’s time, but the goal for us would be summer of 2014, if that’s possible."

Also set to return is Andy Serkis, who signed on a few months ago to reprise his role as Caesar in any potential sequel. There's currently no word on if any of the other cast members (such as James Franco) from the first movie will return, but be sure to check back for more updates on Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 2.

UPDATE: In an interview with MTV, Rothman confirms the 2014 release date, Andy Serkis' commitment, and making sure the script is as good as the first film (if not better).

"I think one of the big questions they're wrestling with now, which is kind of the fun, is how far forward do we skip?" Rothman said. "When does it start? Does it start the next day? The next year? Does it start in 10 years? Does it start in 50 years?"

"The script for that 'Apes' film was fantastic," Rothman explained. "We had the script for 10 years, and I always knew it was one of the best scripts. I just didn't think it was possible to do it. I thought it couldn't be done. We've got to have a great script. Because now, having made that good a movie, we better make the next one better."

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