You’d think someone would tell him, but nope.
Here’s what Franco recently told MTV:
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.
I’m sure Franco will be in the sequel. There’s no reason for him not to be. His character did survive the first movie, after all.
Meanwhile, Matt Reeves is directing “Dawn” after the original director Rupert Wyatt went splitsville. Look for the Apes to rise, er, I mean, dawn in 2014.