With Wes Ball attached as director
20th Century Fox, under its new parent company Disney, has tapped Maze Runner director Wes Ball to develop a new Planet of the Apes film.
Deadline has confirmed the news, however they have also revealed that this is in the very early stages of development, so right now it isn’t certain whether this will pick up where Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes ended, or whether this will be the start of something new.
Beginning in 1968, the films spawned five titles based on the novel from Pierre Boule, along with a ‘70s television series and even action figures. Tim Burton then released a reboot in 2001, starring Mark Wahlberg, which earned only $362.1 million worldwide, and didn’t serve as a start of series.
However, in 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes brought a more modern feel to the story, with the addition of Andy Serkis bringing his motion capture prowess to the role of Caesar the ape, who in the span of the trilogy goes from being a lab study to king of the apes. This trio of films grossed $1.68 billion worldwide and received much critical acclaim.
More on the new Planet of the Apes film when we have it.