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After the huge success Fox had with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel was a no-brainer. The first news about the follow-up came as the studio announced that motion-capture actor Andy Serkis would reprise his role in the film, directed once again by Rupert Wyatt from a script Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has now signed on to take a pass at the story. Burns wrote The Bourne Ultimatum as well as The Informant! and Contagion, a film that shared a lot of similar themes to Rise. It will be interesting to see where the story goes and whether star James Franco will return or if the focus will move on to a different location or scope.