According to Variety, Disney is expanding the “Planet of the Apes” and has signed “Maze Runner” director Wes Ball to direct the next movie in the franchise.
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. Though some pics within the Fox pipeline have gone through the pre-production process, this would mark the first major IP from the Fox library that Disney is developing on its own since the Fox-Disney merger.
Hopefully Disney aren’t contemplating yet another re-boot, especially if helmed by Wes Ball (director of the YA bore-a-thon Maze Runner trilogy), which is an underwhelming choice if ever there was.
The recent POTA trilogy provided at least one direct route to a 4th movie set in the distant future. Viewers may remember the ‘lost’ Icarus space flight to Mars in the end credits of 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes?
So, could the Icarus echo the 1968 original and have gone through a worm-hole to return to an Earth thousands of years in the future – where Caesar’s society (apes and enfeebled humans) has evolved into…what?
I always felt that Beneath The Planet of the Apes (1970), the first lower-budgeted sequel to the first movie was underrated and could make for interesting source material for a possible 4th movie. Doomsday Bomb-worshipping, illusion-casting mutants, a Gorilla military dictatorship and bewildered lost-in-time astronauts. What’s not to like?
Easter Egg: the crash of the experimental ship in Captain Marvel strongly echoes that of the Icarus in the 1968 picture. Well at least to me.
So what do you think of this news? Are you a fan of the franchise? What did you think of the recent trilogy? Is Disney’s choice for director concerning for you? Should they leave well enough alone, reboot, or continue the franchise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.