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New Planet of the Apes movie in the works from Wes Ball

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Story by Jack Foley

A NEW Planet of the Apes movie is in the works at Fox.

Wes Ball, the filmmaker behind the popular Maze Runner film series, is developing an idea, which he will also direct – although it is not yet known whether the new film will be a reboot or an extension of the previous film series.

However, the news is significant in that it marks one of the first historic Fox titles to get the redevelopment treatment since Disney’s acquisition of the studio.

Fox first delivered the original Planet of the Apes in 1968, based on a novel by French writer Pierre Boulle and starring Charlton Heston. The film focused on an astronaut who lands on a planet and discovers an advanced ape civilization ruling over primitive humans.

It boasts one of the all-time great movie twists, when he learns he is actually on Earth, which had suffered an apocalyptic nuclear war.

The movie was a commercial and critical hit upon its release and spawned numerous sequels and a TV series throughout the 1970s.

In 2001, Tim Burton remade the film as an action-adventure starring Mark Wahlberg that failed to excite audiences or critics.

But Fox found success again with a reboot trilogy that began with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, an origin story chronicling how the primates took over.

The film was notable for its envelope-pushing motion-capture technology and a stirring performance by Andy Serkis as Caesar, the Moses-like leader of the apes. Two critically-acclaimed sequels followed in the form of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War For The Planet of The Apes.

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