Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was one of the big surprises of 2011 and now, 20th Century Fox has officially given the sequel a green light for a hopeful 2014 release. Fox CEO Tom Rothman had this to say about the sequel: "That’s very much on the tracks. We’re developing a script. Rupert Wyatt, who directed the first one, will direct the second one. We’re pushing forward aggressively, so the script’s being written now." Rothman also went on to confirm a possible 2014 release date for the film: "Yeah, I think it would make sense if we can, you know we serve no wine before it’s time, but the goal for us would be summer of 2014, if that’s possible."
In an interview with MTV Rothman had even more to say about the film: "I think one of the big questions they're wrestling with now, which is kind of the fun, is how far forward do we skip?" Rothman said. "When does it start? Does it start the next day? The next year? Does it start in 10 years? Does it start in 50 years?"
"The script for that 'Apes' film was fantastic," Rothman explained. "We
had the script for 10 years, and I always knew it was one of the best
scripts. I just didn't think it was possible to do it. I thought it
couldn't be done. We've got to have a great script. Because now, having
made that good a movie, we better make the next one better."
Rothman also confirmed that Andy Serkis will return for the sequel to be motion captured once again. The untitled sequel to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes will be in theaters in 2014.