Disney’s 20th Century Fox is developing a new Planet of the Apes movie that will be directed by Wes Ball, the filmmaker behind the popular Maze Runner films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The site adds that it is unclear whether the new project is a new reboot or an extension of the previous film series.
The Planet of the Apes movie franchise is based on the 1963 French novel (order here) by Pierre Boule which is officially described as follows:
“In the not-too-distant future, three astronauts land on what appears to be a planet just like Earth, with lush forests, a temperate climate, and breathable air. But while it appears to be a paradise, nothing is what it seems.
“They soon discover the terrifying truth: On this world humans are savage beasts, and apes rule as their civilized masters. In an ironic novel of nonstop action and breathless intrigue, one man struggles to unlock the secret of a terrifying civilization, all the while wondering: Will he become the savior of the human race, or the final witness to its damnation? In a shocking climax that rivals that of the original movie, Boulle delivers the answer in a masterpiece of adventure, satire, and suspense.”
The first Planet of the Apes movie was released in 1968 and starred Charlton Heston. The success of that film led to four more films, including Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). The franchise then took a break until Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes was released in 2001. It would be rebooted again with Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011), which was followed with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014 and War for the Planet of the Apes in 2017.