Ready for Disney’s Planet of the Apes? Even if you aren’t, it’s still happening. Planet of the Apes is about to be one of the first Fox properties to get a new lease on life under new Disney ownership, with Maze Runner helmer Wes Ball tapped to develop and direct. But here’s what’s unclear: no one is saying whether or not this is a whole new reboot of the franchise, or if it’s going to tie into the recent trilogy starring Andy Serkis as advanced ape revolutionary Caesar.
THR has the scope on the new Planet of the Apes movie, adding the disclaimer that it’s “unclear whether the new Apes project is meant to be a new reboot or an extension of the previous film series.” I’m not a betting man, but I’m going to assume this is going to be a whole new reboot, simply because that’s the way Hollywood works. It would also make sense since the previous Apes trilogy came to a fairly conclusive end with 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes.
Then again, there’s potential to keep the story going, albeit without Caesar, since he died in the last film. War concluded with the surviving apes reaching the promised land and humanity all but wiped out. A new film could jump further into the future, to a time when the apes had evolved even further, and are now driving around in ape cars and going to ape jobs and hanging out at ape bars. All of this is wild speculation, though.
That entry was helmed by Ruper Wyatt, but Matt Reeves took over the series from there, directing 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes. And now here we go again, with Wes Ball running the show. I’ll confess I’ve never seen any of the Maze Runner films, so I have no idea how good a filmmaker Ball is. But he certainly has experience helming dystopian tales, so perhaps that went a long way toward landing him this new gig.
Fans were really not sure about recent reports that the upcoming movie in the Planet of the Apes franchise would be a reboot. With the trilogy that began back in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes having been so well-received it did not make much sense to many why the studio would decide to reboot instead of continuing the story of Caesar and his son, Cornelius. Well. director of the new movie, Wes Ball, has now clarified things a little via social media.
'It's never been easier for film journalists to actually get in touch with the actual people who actually know... but maybe it's the point to NOT fact-check these days? Regardless. Don't worry. I won't ruin the surprises, but it's safe to say Caesar's legacy will continue...'
Taking a shot at movie journalists, Ball calls out for more fact-checking rather than reporting rumors. Where is the fun in that? He then goes on to state that, though he will not ruin any surprises, his movie will continue Casaer's legacy. What this means exactly is open to some interpretation, as the movie could still reboot and remake the original 1968 Charlton Heston Planet of the Apes, but using Matt Reeves' trilogy as the foundation.
So, though we're still lacking any real details, we do now know that Andy Serkis' ape-leader Casaer will be involved in some capacity, though the movie may not exactly be a direct sequel. At the very least Wes Ball's movie will continue the legacy of the past three entries in some way. Whatever that ultimately means, the director certainly sounds very excited about it, teasing surprises that he has in store for us.
While the idea of Disney rebooting the franchise would not have exactly been surprising, considering how long the series has been around for, Matt Reeves' brillaint War for the Planet of the Apes was only three years ago, and even though we do now live in a time where franchises are rebooted within the blink of an eye, Reeves' trilogy is so great that it would be a dreadful shame to just cast it aside and start again.
Director Wes Ball was hired to the next Planet of the Apes movie following the cancellation of the much-anticipated adaptation of Mouse Guard. Though we have not heard much at all about what his Planet of the Apes movie would involve, the recent reports that it would be a reboot were disappointing for many, so it is nice to have some clarification from the man himself.
Whatever the story may be, it is promising to hear that Casaer will live on in some form, and perhaps the movie will focus on his son, Cornelius, which is something fans have wanted to see since Matt Reeves' trilogy ended. For now, though, we will just have to wait and see. This comes to us from Wes Ball's official Twitter account.
It's never been easier for film journalists to actually get in touch with the actual people who actually know... but maybe it's the point to NOT fact-check these days?Regardless....