During his quite exceptionally candid commentary track on the Rise of the Planet of the Apes DVD and Blu-ray, Rupert Wyatt makes some specific and deliberate references to Koba, one of the performance capture characters. You’ll likely remember Koba for his scarred face, and his antagonism of Caesar. Here’s the best image of him I could find online.
Wyatt refers twice to the character’s role in a bigger Apes story than this one film can contain.
Around the scene where Koba is given an MRI scan, the director says:
He’s a character who’s going to go far in the mythology, I think. A really interesting counterpart to Caesar. He’s the bad apple.
And then later, not too long after Koba’s big pay-off moment on the bridge :
I’m really excited about what’s to come in terms of the the relationship between Koba and Caesar because they’re two such different individuals and they’re going to perhaps need each other. There’s going to be some sort of uneasy truce in the future that I think is necessary, I guess, for the conflict that is going to come.
Wyatt doesn’t stop with Koba, though. He goes on to talk about the whole world of the sequel:
But of course, there is more to come. We definitely needed to just lay the groundwork for how we’re going to level the playing field for the next part of the story which is the real conflict between humans and apes on a far bigger scale. Where we start that story remains to be seen but my guess is it will be a generation after. In human years that’s eight years for a chimpanzee or any ape, actually… we’re setting up, perhaps, why humanity is going to be vulnerable enough for this ever growing army of intelligent apes and their offspring to be able to take us on.
I spoke to Wyatt when the film was due out in cinemas and he shared some more bits and pieces of his thinking then.
It’s looking more and more clear that he has a pretty strong idea of where he wants to take the series, and I’m pleased that he has continued enthusiasm for the Apes world, history and, as he put it, mythology. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Wyatt and writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver don’t already have something, however preliminary, down on paper.
Roll on part 2.