I remember several years back when it was revealed that we’d be getting a prequel film to the classic science-fiction franchise Planet of the Apes. Later on, we found out that film would feature James Franco and a performance capture take on the apes spearheaded by Andy Serkis. There were some interesting, talented people involved, but it wasn’t a project anyone was asking for.
And we all know how that ended up. The first film was well-received, the second is now considered a classic, and the final film brought a fitting conclusion to the story of Caesar. With that in mind, you’d think they’d be done, right? Not yet, apparently.
THR is reporting that 20th Century Fox is returning to the well yet again, this time with Wes Ball, the filmmaker behind those Maze Runner movies. He will be developing and directing a new feature within the franchise. It is unclear if this take will have any connection to film series as a whole or if it will be a reboot of sorts.
Of note is the fact that this is one of the first big projects to come out of Fox following its acquisition of Disney, and given all the projects that were slashed recently, it’s probably not a coincidence that it’s a part of an existing I.P.
Recently, Wes Ball was attached to an ambitious animated film called Mouse Guard, but that was famously canceled earlier this year, prompting the filmmaker to release a video showing off all the art that would essentially go to waste. Unfortunately, not long after that, the videos were taken out, presumably at the studio’s request.
Though, if Disney was mad at Ball for showing off all the work they’d put into it, the fact they’re hiring him for this movie is proof that they’ve forgiven.
If nothing else, Ball’s work on The Maze Runner series is impressive. The films themselves, while a bit self-serious, were relatively competent, and given their mid-budget nature, they managed to make some solid dough for Fox, which is proof that he can do good work for them. Perhaps they’re hoping for a similar route for this new Apes movie.
What do you think though? Are you interested in a new Planet of the Apes film?
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