The next chapter of the Planet of The Apes franchise is getting set to start production next month according to Walt Disney Studios. The film is titled Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes from 20th Century Studios. It picks up many years after the end of the 2017 feature film, War for the Planet of the Apes.
The new chapter will star Owen Teague, Freya Allen, and Peter Macon. The production will take place under the direction of Wes Ball of the Maz Runner trilogy. The screenplay is by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver, and Patrick Aison. The producers for the film are Joe Hartwick Jr., Jaffa, Silver, and Jason Reed. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are the executive producers.
“Planet of the Apes is one of the most iconic and storied science fiction franchises in film history, as well as being an indelible part of our studio’s legacy. With ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ we are privileged to continue the series’ tradition of imaginative, thought-provoking cinema, and can’t wait to share Wes’ extraordinary vision for this new chapter with audiences in 2024.” Said Steve Asbell, President of 20th Century Studios.
Planet of the Apes is one of 20th Century Studios’ most popular and enduring franchises. It has brought in over $1.7 billion worldwide. It’s based on a novel by Pierre Boulle. The first film was released by the then-named Twentieth Century-Fox in 1968 and was one of that year’s biggest hits. It won a special Academy Award and was followed by four theatrical sequels and two television series.
There was a not so well received reboot of Planet of the Apes back in 2001 directed by Tim Burton that starred Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tim Roth. About ten years later, the franchise was once again rebooted with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. This was followed by two sequels that brings us up to date.