Planet of the Apes has been expected to continue as a franchise with Wes Ball at the helm of the next movie. The franchise was rounded out with Matt Reeves and his efforts on War for the Planet of the Apes but things have changed quite a bit since that film came to life.
Not only has the pandemic which the world is currently facing reshaping what the filmmaking process is going to be like with extra precautionary measures in place, but Disney has purchased Fox and will be the studio behind the franchise going forward.
Ball recently opened up a bit about what he is expecting with this work and what we should expect, as well.
“The truth is, my heart goes out to everyone and the times we’re living in are obviously historical. We’ll be looking at these moments taught in schools in 20, 30, 50 years,” Ball told DiscussingFilm. “So I’m trying to make the best of it and trying to understand the moment we’re living through. As my job, I see it as being an entertainer and storyteller who tries to give people an escape from their everyday lives. That’s still very much on my mind, still very much my motivation and directive.”
Work on his Apes movie was shut down from the perspective of people gathering together to work on it but this has not stopped Ball’s creative efforts with his collaborators, entirely.
“We were in the development phase. So we’re writing,” he explains. “I was already meeting with my writer Josh Friedman on Zoom for weeks before this all hit. We already had a routine of jumping on Zoom and chatting about the script. In that sense, nothing has really changed. What I found a little bit myself is that I’ve been incredibly bursting with ideas in this time. I guess maybe because of being locked up? I’m pretty fortunate that I have an escape. I have a loft that I share with my screenwriter buddy T.S Nowlin – so it’s kind of a little retreat from home to go and try to be creative, productive, and work on my projects.”