Scott Z. Burns is currently doing the rounds to promote his new movie Side Effects and he has been talkig about the screenplay that he developed for the movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.Scott says that his script, which was eventually rejected, was influenced by the classic war movie Full Metal Jacket.
When asked by The Playlist about the Full Metal Jacket influence, Burns explained, “Yeah it had a bit of that. It also, it really explored the notion of peaceful coexistence and compromise versus extremism and conflict and that kind of inherent issue and how you get along with the other.I had a great time working on Apes. I love science fiction and I think that it's, in contrast to [Side Effects], an awesome opportunity to do social commentary in a really fun way.”
He added, “Rupert Wyatt and I worked on a script that I loved and I had a great time doing that. Then Rupert and the studio parted ways and, as sometimes happens, when the director leaves the studio through the front door, the writer is frequently thrown out the second story window,. When they brought in a new director, they brought in a new writer. So I don't know how much of what they did they will still be using, because what we did was really fun and I was really happy with the work we were doing.”
Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves has now been brought on board to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, with a new writer currently putting their own spin on the storyline. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will see Andy Serkis reprising his role as Caesar, with the movie expected to begin filming in the Spring, with a released date set for May 23, 2014.