Interview with 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Director Rupert Wyatt

I just stumbled across a massive interview with Rupert Wyatt the director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It gives a lot of insight into the new film and answers a lot questions I had.

Why throw out the movies that came before?

"The original was made in 1968, that's over 40 years ago. We're telling a story that has never been told before in many ways, which is a real-world contemporary narrative set in 2011 about how the apes started the revolution. Now I know there has been a different take on how that happens with the earlier films, but this is actually setting up perhaps a more scientific approach to why that happened."
Why no ape suits?

"It was a narrative issue, frankly. Our story is an origin story. It takes place in the modern day. For the most part in the film it deals with real apes – real orangutans, real gorillas, real chimpanzees. The other films in the franchise don't do that. They deal with humanoid apes, so therefore you can have a human play a chimpanzee in an ape suit."
Is Apes a cautionary tale?

"Well, I'm a big believer in science and I'm a big believer in pushing the boundaries of science as much as we can. I'm not somebody who's a believer in the kind of cautionary tale in terms of careful what you dabble with, because I do think that there are certain aspects of scientific research and medical research that are part of our evolution."
And that's just a taste. Some of it I like, some of it I don't. But, it is always fascinating to see into a director's worldview. There's always a message even if the director doesn't know it.

The interview is quite long and involving. Read it!
Exclusive: 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Director Rupert Wyatt Q&A


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