New ‘Planet of the Apes’ Film in Development With ‘Maze Runner’ Trilogy Director Wes Ball
One of the most pleasant surprises of the previous decade was the quality of the rebooted ‘Planet of the Apes’ trilogy. Following the successful ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ director Rupert Wyatt handed the reins off to Matt Reeves, who went on to direct ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes.’
Now that Reeves has moved on to helm WB’s ‘The Batman,’ Disney/Fox has landed on a new director for another ‘Apes’ film: Wes Ball.
Ball is best known for directing all three films in the ‘Maze Runner’ trilogy, and was developing a live-action/hybrid film based on the ‘Mouse Guard’ comics. Unfortunately, ‘Mouse Guard’ film was cancelled following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. However, Ball seems well suited to develop a new installment ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise.
There is currently no word as to whether it will be a reboot or a continuation of the recent trilogy starring Andy Serkis. It would be smart to continue with the current version of the universe, and even remake the original 1968 film starring Charlton Heston.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Jacob Tyler contributed to this article.