- RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES AND THE HOBBIT
Given that Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes has been a Box office, critic and fan success, its not reall a surprise that 20th Century Fox are preparing the sequel to the hit film. And now the company has put one of the biggest pieces in place, signing Caesar himself, Andy Serkis, to a new deal.
|Caesar on left, Andy Serkis on right|
Though you might think that the likes of James Franco and Freida Pinto would be top of the list, Serkis is much more important than any of his co-stars, as his work as Caesar was so vital to the movie. Plus, given the way the story ended (spoiler alert: the apes rose up!), there’s much more scope for following his adventures without worrying about the humans from the first film.
Fox is also reportedly working up a campaign to get him a well-deserved Oscar for his work. The reality is he can definitely get a nomination but we think that Hollywood is just not ready as yet to let someone win based on a Motion Capture performance.
Serkis was one of the bigger players on the movie whose contract didn’t feature a sequel option, so Fox have invested a beneficial amount to secure his services. Director Rupert Wyatt, on the other hand, did have such a clause in his deal, so we will probably see the director return to a franchise that he basically reinvented.
Nothing else has apparently been set in motion, though writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are also signed for another outing. We’re guessing this one will come together as quickly as the studio can get things moving. Serkis will be a bit busy for a while yet, though – despite having finished the acting side of his job on The Hobbit, he’s branched out into second unit directing and has been helping Peter Jackson get the film made.