Is “Planet of the Apes” part of a planned trilogy?

By Adam Frazier Could the recent success of Rupert Wyatt’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” spark more monkey business.

That seems to be the plan. Screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what’s next, and while they were quick to say nothing is certain yet, the married writing duo confirms the film is specifically structured to be the first in a brand new Apes trilogy.

Here’s a snippet from the Entertainment Weekly interview:

Silver: I’m touching wood, because I’m superstitious! We definitely have ideas for where the sequel — plural, where the sequels — would take us. And those were kind of built into –

Jaffa: — the construction of the narrative already. There hasn’t been an official discussion yet about a sequel, because I think everyone still doesn’t want to jinx where we are. But we definitely have ideas.

Silver: When we started this, we knew that this movie would stand on its own, and we designed it that way. But if it didn’t stand on its own, we pictured a trilogy that would start with this movie.

For those of you have seen the film (and if you haven’t, please do), there’s mention of a spacecraft named Icarus on a mission to Mars. Icarus is of course the ship which carried Charlton Heston and his crew through time in the original film — so could we be seeing a similar storyline carried out to fruition in this trilogy?

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is a hit with critics and moviegoers alike and has made $120 million worldwide so far. What do you think will happen in the next films? Here’s to hoping there’s no Ape police officers or Ape-raham Lincoln memorial like in Tim Burton’s 2001 remake.

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