The year of 2014 is set as the destination date for the upcoming second installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise reboot, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The original flick had James Franco at center stage and it seemed likely that he’d be making at least some sort of cameo appearance in the new flick to help tie them together. But, with names changing in the Apes production crew, it looks like Franco might be sitting this one out.
In a recent interview with MTV, Franco had this to say about his involvement in the new flick:
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. 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.
Though many may miss Franco and wish he could at least get some screen time, I think the bigger evil here is that some of the big names behind the film are rotating. This could mean a completely different type of film, one that’s aimed to filling wallets as opposed to creating a decent story. We’ll miss ya, James, but we may be missing more than that when 2014 rolls around.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.