Hollywood loves monkeys. And why wouldn’t they? Ever since Dunstan Checked In and George became Curious our ape chums have provided some fantastic movie moments that we’ll never ever forget. Perhaps the greatest celluloid chimp of all time though is Caeser, the hyper intelligent chimpanzee from 2011′s smash hit sci-fi opus Rise of the Planet of the Apes who was last seen emancipating his fellow primates from a less than friendly captivity in the city. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Caeser though was the fact that he eventually learned to speak, suggesting a level of intelligence far superior to the majority of people who go on Jeremy Kyle.
Despite featuring a talking monkey Rise of the Planet of the Apes still feels so very real, like it could actually happen and it wouldn’t seem all that bizarre. Something the writers of the upcoming 2014 sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes feel would not retain that ‘what if’ sense of realism would be to go back to the roots of the original Apes franchise and include time travel. Injecting a serum into an Ape which mutates and increases their intelligence is far more likely than being able to travel back to another period of time of course.
In an interview with Total Film magazine, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes writer Rick Jaffa said:
“I don’t foresee that … it’s the one big element that we made a conscious decision not to explore in the first one, and we were worried that there might be some backlash in the science fiction community because of it. When the story first came together we were very, very excited, and yet before we pitched it, I thought, ‘The one thing missing though is time travel. But it’s not necessary for this particular telling’. And I don’t really foresee it, to tell you the truth.”
Given Jaffa’s words and considering both Rise and Dawn are prequels to the events originally depicted in Planet of the Apes it seems there may be a few more stories to be told yet before we get to that iconic image of the Statue of Liberty buried deep in the sands of time.
This article was first posted on September 6, 2012