Disney's Going Back to THE PLANET OF THE APES - Report

"The War For The Planet of the Apes" poster
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Wes Ball, the filmmaker behind the Maze Runner film series, is developing and will direct a new Planet of the Apes film, according to Variety.

If accurate, it would mark one of the first significant film franchises formerly owned by 20th Century Fox to be developed by what remains of the studios' infrastructure in its new home at Disney.  

Variety does not detail whether the new film would be another clean reboot or continue the successful reboot trilogy that began with 2011's prequel-origin story Rise of the Planet of the Apes and continued through 2017's War For the Planet of the Apes

All three starred Andy Serkis in a motion capture performance as Caesar and the latter two were directed by The Batman's Matt Reeves. That trilogy was still set hundreds of years before the timeline of the original 1968 Charlton Heston film and a new Planets of the Apes could conceivably be a continuation of the new series while leaping forward to time-lost astronauts landing on an Earth dominated by Apes, set in motion in 2011's Rise.

Ball was previously attached to the adaption of the graphic novel series Mouse Guard, which was cancelled by Disney upon their acquisition of Fox. 

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