Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

New 'Planet Of The Apes' Movie In Early Development

New 'Planet Of The Apes' Movie In Early Development

Since the original, Charlton Heston-starring Planet of the Apes film was released in 1968, there has been a total of nine films in the franchise, as well as a 1974 TV drama series and a 1975 animated series. THR reports that it's not yet decided if the new movie will be a reboot or an addition to the trilogy.

"They soon discover the terrifying truth: On this world humans are savage beasts, and apes rule as their civilized masters". Now, it appears the battle is back on as The Maze Runner helmer Wes Ball has signed on to direct and develop a new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Wes directed the Maze Runner trilogy, which grossed almost $1 billion worldwide.

The 39-year-old director was set to adapt the Boom!

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Reeves' 2017 action film marked the third installment of the latest Planet of the Apes reboot series, which marks the end of the trilogy's protagonist, but not necessarily the end of Caesar's tribe. The move makes Apes one of the first historically significant Fox titles to get the redevelopment treatment since Disney's acquisition of the storied studio.

"Planet of the Apes" was drawn from the original source material, which was a French science fiction novel written by Pierre Boule. The series accumulated more than $2 billion at the global box office.

On an earnings call in August, CEO Bob Iger stressed that the classic franchise is a project that the studio plans to reboot as soon as possible, given the success of its previous films. It's very early in the works, and it's not certain if this will pick up where Matt Reeves' War for the Planet of the Apes left off or if it's a complete remake.

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