James Franco is having a very busy year. He has been working on his music with collaborator Terry O’Keefe and at the Sundance Film Festival he will have two directorial projects on display: “kink,” and “Interior. Leather Bar.” He will also portray Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in the upcoming biographic picture, “Lovelace.” It seems no wonder that he does not have any time to monkey around.
When asked if he will have any role in the upcoming “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” who currently has motion-capture actor Andy Serkis confirmed to return, Franco responded in the negative;
“I was going to be a small part of the next one. There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct.”
It seems that being left out of the sequel stemmed from a change in hierarchy.
“But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like [former Fox co-chairman] Tom Rothman who was a big part of the first movie, left. Now Rupert’s not a part of it so I don’t know. My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.”
Without the former chiefs behind the production, we can expect substantial changes in the umpteenth movie based on man versus ape. “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” seems to still be swinging for a May 2014 release.