It has been five years since we have seen anything from the popular science fiction franchise Planet of the Apes. When the reboot trilogy from 2011 – 2017 ended it was unknown if the series would either continue down the current path or once again be rebooted, especially with the 2019 Disney buyout of 20th Century Fox.
Well it appears that we may finally have some news regarding the long discussed follow-up. In a recent interview with the president of 20th Century Studios, Steve Asbell, he was asked about upcoming projects between 2023 and 2024. When the topic about Planet of the Apes came up he made the following statement:
“We are expecting a draft very shortly, and its Wes Ball attached to direct. We hope to go by the late summer, early fall.”
Director Wes Ball began his directorial career in 2014 with The Maze Runner and went on to direct its two sequels The Scorch Trials in 2015 and The Death Cure in 2017. Ball was chosen to be the director of the upcoming film as director Matt Reeves, who directed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, went on to direct 2022’s The Batman.
The currently untitled film is said to continue the story of the reboot series and follow “Cesar’s Legacy”. Though not much is known about the plot as Cesar, played by Andy Serkis, died at the end of the third film. Who the main character will be is a mystery. It is also a mystery if the main character will be either a human or an ape.
Disney seems fully committed to continuing the success of the Planet of the Apes franchise ever since their acquisition of Fox. After all the franchise was hugely popular in the 1970s with multiple films, television shows and waves of merchandise. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long before we see a return to the world of apes.
Are you looking forward to the upcoming Planet of the Apes film?
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