Scott Z. Burns has some experience writing about mankind being under threat from an unusual source, as he wrote World War Z, which is set in the aftermath of a zombie holocaust. Now Fox is hoping he’ll be able to bring some of that expertise to their upcoming sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as he’s been hired to write the script.
According to THR, the story will pick up where the last film left off, shortly after Ceaser and his army overtake the Golden Gate Bridge. As the apes grow stronger in their intelligence, humankind is threatened to the point of extinction by a new virus, which causes a social structure collapse. By the end of the film, the apes will rise as the world’s new rulers.
Andy Serkis is set to reprise his role as Caesar, ruler of the Apes, in the Untitled Rise of the Planet of the Apes Sequel. Original director Rupert Wyatt is returning as well.