The Operator tipped us off today to an Entertainment Weekly piece interviewing Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the husband-and-wife team who wrote the seriously awesome RotPotA screenplay. The bombshell drops when the interviewer asks about the possibility of sequels. While Jaffa and Silver clearly state that "there hasn't been any official discussion yet about a sequel," they admit that they had sequels in mind when they penned RotPotA -- and they mention some specifics.
For example, when asked about the Icarus mission, which we see briefly via a background news story about its launch in RotPotA, Jaffa says, "We definitely have ideas about that! What better plant can you put in a script than, 'Oh my god, Taylor's going up again!'" Taylor, of course, is the role played by Charlton Heston in the original 'Apes movie. Both Jaffa and Silver talk possible titles as well, suggesting that maybe the final movie in the series could be called Success of the Planet of the Apes, with Revenge popping up as a second flick possibility.
If you haven't seen Rise yet, by all means do so. Audra and I checked it out this last weekend with friend (and GWC blogger) Shooter, and truly enjoyed it. In fact,afterward we came straight back to the GWC studio and recorded a segment which you'll hear in next week's Galactic Watercooler 'cast, #285. (Incidentally, some of the late-night Twitter crew have already heard it as we streamed it live, too.) The short verdict: This is likely to be an instant classic.
RotPotA Screenwriters: "We Pictured A Trilogy" [EW]