Rupert Wyatt keen to direct ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ sequel

London: Rupert Wyatt, the director of the sci-fi film ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’, has expressed his keenness to direct an Apes sequel.

The prequel of the 1968 movie ‘Planet of the Apes’ conquered the North American box office with a tremendous 54 million dollars in its debut weekend.

“The reaction has been so strong that we`ll hopefully get to do it again,” Wyatt told the BBC on Monday.

The 38-year-old British director said that the critical reaction to his second film ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ had surpassed his expectations.

“For a Hollywood blockbuster it seems to have got such strong reviews. All of the critics that I read and respect have really gone for it. I`m speechless,” he said.

The film, set in present day San Francisco, includes among its human cast James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Tom Felton.

The story is told largely from the point of view of a chimpanzee named Caesar, played by Andy Serkis.

Wyatt said he would be keen to direct an Apes sequel if he was asked.

“This is such a venerable franchise for the studio and they are incredibly protective of it. This is confirmation that we``ve been able to resuscitate a franchise and put it in a place where hopefully there will be many more,” he said.

“There`s so much one can do with this and I`ve got plenty of ideas,” he added.


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