THR reports that writer of Contagion and The Bourne Ultimatum Scott Z. Burns has been tapped by Fox to pen the sequel to the critical and commercial surprise hit of last year, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Original writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa were brought on to write a draft of the sequel, but it seems that is being re-written. There’s hardly anything we know of the story yet, except it reportedly “takes the story to the next level, with the apes on the path to emerge as society’s new rulers.”
Contagion had a slightly mixed reaction to it as did one of his other works, The Informant!, but The Bourne Ultimatum was critically acclaimed. What do you think about Burns penning the sequel? And as his last few movies have starred Matt Damon, do you think he could play a role in the sequel? Sound off with your thoughts below.