James Franco not returning for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

With the news of Rupert Wyatt leaving the production of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves stepping in, James Franco has recently told MTV that he might be joining Wyatt by not being in the sequel…

“I was going to be a small part of the next one,” says the 127 Hours star. “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.”

Some interesting possible plot details for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in there too. Initial reports from Wyatt was that his planned sequel was ‘Full Metal Jacket with apes’ but there has been no word yet on whether Matt Reeves will follow suit. The movie is set for release on May 23rd 2014 and will be released by 20th Century Fox.

Do you think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will miss Franco’s presence?