Now that 2011 is over, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is still seen as one of the year’s biggest triumphs. A surprise prequel that excited both critics and audiences with an exceptional story and performance from Andy Serkis, Hollywood is trying to work fast to give them more. Now, the writers of the film, and the upcoming sequel, talk very important about one thing in particular: the Apes’ ability to speak.
In the film, Caesar is the only one that shows the slow beginnings of starting to speak, saying two phrases of “No!” and “Caesar is home”. Now, screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were recently interviewed on the sequel on The Q & A Podcast, saying they’re struggling with the decision of whether or not to have the simians speak.
“We’re working on the sequel right now, to the prequel, and so the excitement is – I’m not gonna tell you, but – are they gonna talk or not? Part of the challenge was how to get across what was happening between the apes without words. In the end I think it was a good challenge for us. It created better storytelling.”
Caesar’s ability to speak is really what made him the definitive leader at the end of the first film, along with his more advanced intelligence due to the extended time he’s had the drug more than the other apes. With limited speech in Rise, it made that moment when Caesar spoke all the more exciting and extremely groundbreaking.
With Jaffa and Silver working on the script now, there’s a very good chance we could see a sequel to Rise by the end of 2013.