New "Planet of the Apes" movie is in the making

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The apes are rising again!
The apes are rising again!

4 Dec – The reboot trilogy of "Planet of the Apes" wrapped up in 2017 to international acclaim, since then fans have been eagerly awaiting new instalments in the sci-fi media franchise.

Good news to fans who are going bananas waiting, there is a new "Planet of the Apes" movie in the making!

The news comes from Deadline, who cautioned that it is, however, still very early in development.

Wes Ball, best known for helming the "Maze Runner" trilogy that ran from 2014 to 2018, is developing the movie for 20th Century Fox under the studio's new parent company, Disney.

The Disney-Fox merging had got fans worried of the franchise's future but it looks like the apes will rise again. It is unclear at the moment whether Ball's new movie will be set in the same universe as Matt Reeves' trilogy and will pick up after the events of "War for the Planet of the Apes", or it will be a completely new remake.


The popular sci-fi movie franchise started in 1968 with "Planet of the Apes", a big screen adaptation of the 1963 novel "La Planète des singes" by author Pierre Boulle. Its success spawned another four movies in the original series, which ended with 1973's "Battle for the Planet of the Apes".

A remake, that goes by the same title as the 1968 movie, was released in 2001 but the Tim Burton-helmed movie received no follow-ups. It is only in 2011 that "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" kicked off the reboot trilogy, with Matt Reeves taking over directing duty from Rupert Wyatt for 2014's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and 2017's "War for the Planet of the Apes".

Reeves made an impressive team with motion capture maestro Andy Serkis, who starred as Caesar in all three movies, but with Ball now sitting in the director's chair, it is unknown whether Serkis will be reprising his role as the chimpanzee.

Serkis' chances are good since he is doing another project with Ball, who will be directing "Mouse Guard", in which Serkis will once again work his motion capture magic in and Reeves will be producing for.