Planet of the Apes & X-Men First Class Sequels Land In 2014

20th Century Fox have announced today that a sequel will be coming to last year’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, with a release date of May 23rd, 2014. The film will be titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which is bad news for those hoping for ”Planet of the Apes – The Apening”, “Son of Planet of the Apes” and my personal favourite, “Planet of the Apes 2: In da Hood”.

The film will be helmed once again by director Rupert Wyatt, with Andy Serkis returning for his mesmerizing motion-capture portrayal of Gollum Caesar. The original film was a huge hit upon its release, chalking up nearly $500 million worldwide. With this in mind, and the fact that the sequel takes place further in to the conquest of Earth by the titular primates, it seems Wyatt may have plans for a series.

Don’t get too attached though, as the film is set to be joined by a marginally different take on evolution in the summer of the same year, Marvel treating us to a sequel of X-Men First Class. The submarine-levitating, Nazi-slaying mutants received great critical appraise in their first outing, breathing new life in to the comic genre. But with Marvel and DC pumping out comic sequels like there’s no tomorrow, soon, it seems the whole cinematic world will be draped in capes, tights and spandex, and its hard to say if this follow-up will enjoy as much attention. Details are, as of yet, sparse.

Perhaps a crossover is due. We don’t see nearly enough super-powered monkeys as it is.

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Josh is an English student currently studying English Literature with Creative Writing at University. When he's not wasting time on his Super Nintendo, you'll find him listening to classic rock and metal and reading graphic novels. He hopes his work at The Silver Tongue will help him get his writing out to the public and professional world.