Wes Ball to Direct New ‘Planet of the Apes’ Film for Disney

Disney is looking to finally make good use of the IP they acquired with the Fox merger. The studio has signed director Wes Ball (The Maze Runner trilogy) to helm the next installment in the Planet of the Apes franchise.

We have known since August that Disney had plans to reboot or continue various Fox franchises after the acquisition. There is already a Home Alone reboot in the works for Disney+. However, the new Planet of the Apes film will mark the first major IP from the Fox library that Disney is developing on its own for a theatrical release.

The rebooted trilogy that ran from 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes to 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes was a huge critical and box office success for Fox. There was always the hope from fans (and I believe the studio) that the franchise would eventually lead to a remake of the 1960s original.

If Disney wants to stay in the continuity of the recent trilogy, but do it’s own thing then I think moving decades into the future and remaking the original 1960s classic would be a good start. It would give fans something new to look forward to in the franchise while also seeing how the world has changed since War for the Planet of the Apes.

Wes Ball is an interesting choice for director. He was previously developing an adaptation of Mouse Guard for Fox before the merger led to it being cancelled. I watched some of test footage that Ball released online (before it was taken down) and it looked really damn good. I guess Planet of the Apes is Disney’s way of apologizing to Ball.

Hopefully, Ball is able to bring his talents to the Apes franchise and deliver something worthwhile to the fans. I enjoyed the first Maze Runner film, and actually think that maybe he could inject some of that style and action into the Apes film. Maybe humans compete in some sort of Hunger Games/Maze Runner obstacle for sport. Maybe the humans try to rebel? That’d be an interesting angle to explore.

Do you want to see more Planet of the Apes films? Would you want a continuation from War of the Planet of the Apes or a full-on reboot?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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