- PLANET OF THE APES RISES AGAIN, AGAIN 2.
It looks like director Rupert Wyatt will not be moving full steam ahead on Londongrad, which had been his next planned project. Warner Bros. has now put the project on hold so that Wyatt can first tackle a sequel to his previous film Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
According to Deadline, the studio put Londongrad on the fast track for Wyatt to direct with hot-ticket Michael Fassbender set to star as the former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died of polonium-210 poisoning in 2006. However, Wyatt will now be returning to the Apes franchise instead for another go at Caesar and friends.
Nevertheless, producer Graham King (Hugo, The Departed) claims that he will likely wait for Wyatt to make Londongrad, even at the expense of Fassbender.
"[Rupert] came to us and Warners," King said in an interview with The Playlist, "and said 'I love this script, and I'd love to make this, but [Apes] is what I'm doing now.' And we were like, fine. He's a great filmmaker, and I really hope I get to work with him."