No time for monkey business.
It looks like Disney and 20th Century Studios are ready to get serious about a new entry in the ever-popular Planet of the Apes series. Almost nothing has been heard about another film for two years, but this week the news logjam broke.
Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and gave hope to all fans dying to “go ape”. The next (long-gestating) Apes movie is finally moving forward with director Wes Ball and screenwriter Josh Friedman, Asbell said, adding that “we are expecting a draft very shortly.”
Asbell confirmed that Ball is attached to direct (he also reportedly will co-write the script with Friedman), and said “we hope to go by late summer or early fall.”
Ball–perhaps best known for helming the Maze Runner trilogy–also mentioned that the new film will not be a reboot, adding that “Caesar’s legacy will continue,” a reference to Andy Serkis’ motion capture portrayal of the intelligent ape in the most recent trilogy.
The original 1968 Planet of the Apes–directed by Franklin J. Schaffner from a screenplay by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling–was loosely based on the 1963 French novel La Planete des Singes by Pierre Boulle.
The classic film–starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans–follows an astronaut crew that crash-lands on a strange planet in the far future. A planet where apes have become the dominant species.
The original series (that included four sequels) was followed by Tim Burton’s 2001 remake, with the reboot of the series starting with Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the next Planet of the Apes film.