Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant) is set to start monkeying around with the script for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 2 any day now. An initial draft was written by the writers of last year’s film, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. I actually think this is a great choice. Burns is a great writer who not only knows his diseases (something pointed out in the THR article), but can juggle multiple and complex storylines.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Scott Z. Burns has been tapped to work on Fox’s sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Chernin Entertainment is producing.”
The new film, “continues the story set forth in last year’s critical and commercial hit movie featuring simians that are given human intelligence and subsequently break out of their facility. At the same time, a virus breaks out that causes the collapse of human society. The new project is taking the story to the next level, with the apes on the path to emerge as society’s new rulers.”
Director Rupert Wyatt and mo-cap superstar Andy Serkis were previously announced to return.