Looks like the ape attack on San Francisco was a lot worse than we saw in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. James Franco, human star of Rise revealed to MTV that he's probably not going to be appearing in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves.
But that's not all. Franco also revealed that most of the human characters we saw in the Rise movie would be dead in the sequel!
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.
Wyatt is no longer attached, so it's anyone's guess as to whether or not Reeves will be keeping this plot point.