Scared the new Planet of the Apes film will ruin the prequel legacy? Read on!
No one is ever confident whenever there’s a prequel series of films announced. Hell, I’m never confident whenever that happens. My big concern is that it will only cover the “obligatory scenes” and nothing else. They could only taint what came before it. This was not the case with the Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy, which started with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and concluded with War For the Planet of the Apes. I went into this trilogy with low expectations and was blown away by its personal, yet Shakespearean-in-magnitude drama.
Now, all these years later, I find myself concerned that these movies will be ruined by what comes next. We know that we’ll be getting a new film from The Maze Runner director Wes Ball. But how concerned should we be? Well, believe it or not, things actually sound promising.
To start, it should be noted that Ball has worked closely in the past with two-time prequel Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves. They worked on together on the canceled animated film Mouse Guard, and it sounds like Reeves may have even pushed Ball in the direction of Planet of the Apes. They also have the same producers and writers from the last two Apes films. And as far as the technology goes, Ball even has a leg up there.
“We were using the same material, the same kind of technology, we were using a lot of the same people involved – I had asked Andy Serkis to join Mouse Guard. So it was kind of natural fit,” Ball told Discussing Film.
Finally, Ball sounds like he knows how big the shoes are he has to fill and isn’t interested in simply iterating on that.
“I understand where it came from and my big thing was: what do you do for a Planet of the Apes sequel? One, those last three movies are one of the great trilogies we have in modern movie history. They are just so well done. They honored the original movies they sprang from, the Charlton Heston movies, but they grounded it in a modern sensibility and it just worked. Caesar is one of the great movie characters that we’ll have throughout time. So what do you do to follow that up, right? At the same time, I wasn’t interested in doing a part four either. We want to also do our own thing.”
Sounds promising. But what’s the status of the actual film?
“Well, Planet of the Apes is moving forward and we have a giant art team cranking away on some incredible concept art. We’ve got the screenplay continuing to move forward, that will take the time that it takes and so that’s all good. Planet of the Apes is moving forward baby! Not only that, but we could actually be in virtual production relatively soon because it’s largely a CG movie.”
So, are you any more excited for the Planet of the Apes sequel? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Discussing Film