Nestled alongside Reeves’ masterful Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes was Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a morally complex blockbuster directed by Rupert Wyatt. Now, after a brief sojourn to television and the 2014 crime drama The Gambler, Wyatt is returning to the sci-fi feature world with a new ambitious film, Captive State. There are so many sci-fi movies about fighting off an alien occupation, but Captive State asks: What if the aliens win? And what if they won nearly 10 years ago? Set in Chicago nearly a decade after an alien force occupies the Earth, Captive State tells the smaller stories of people and aliens living side by side. Written by Erica Beeney and Wyatt and directed by Wyatt, Captive State is Wyatt’s return to feature filmmaking after he helmed the Mark Wahlberg crime drama The Gambler in 2014. Wyatt briefly moved to TV to executive produce the AMC historical drama Turn: Washington’s Spies, as well as Fox’s short-lived The Exorcist, but hasn’t yet delivered a buzzy follow-up to his vastly underrated Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Hopefully, Captive State will be that worthy return to feature filmmaking. Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, “Captive State” explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.
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