I don’t think anybody expected Rise of the Planet of the Apes to be a success, much less a good movie. Color many surprised, then, when the Apes prequel not only raked in $483 million worldwide (on an estimated $93 million budget), but it managed to offer up a solid and compelling glimpse of the early origins of how our lovely planet could eventually be overrun by those damn, dirty apes. So it’s kind of a no-brainer that Twentieth Century Fox would order up a sequel to the prequel (a sprequel?), and now Box Office Mojo has nailed down both the title and release date for the next film: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be breaking on May 23, 2014.
Director Rupert Wyatt will be returning for this next Apes installment, and Rise screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are listed by IMDb as having done a version of the screenplay. More recently, however, THR reported that Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum) was coming aboard to work on the script. As for the cast, it’s completely unsurprising that motion-capture god Andy Serkis is returning in the role of the ape revolution’s leader, Caesar. No word yet if James Franco, who played the scientist responsible for Caesar’s evolutionary leap, will be back or not.
As for what the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be all about, our sister site, Cinema Blend, points out that the end of Rise hinted at the intelligence-boosting virus spreading around the globe. Between that tidbit and the movie title alone, it sounds like May 2014 will be a bad time to be a human.