With Rise of the Planet of the Apes raking in $453 million worldwide, 20th Century Fox just closed a healthy seven-figure deal for Andy Serkis to reprise his role as lead ape Caesar in a sequel, reports Deadline. Serkis had only signed on for one movie, so his reps had leverage in ensuring that he come back to continue leading the ape takeover in multiple future installments of the series.
Director Rupert Wyatt‘s original deal came with a sequel option, so he’s locked. So are screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who are producing with Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark. The studio is still in the idea stage and the sequel hasn’t been dated for release. As for Franco and Pinto, those decisions will likely be made when the direction of the film crystallizes. The studio certainly has the leverage there; the clever construct of the first film ended with a wallop that makes everyone expendable.