‘The Maze Runner’ Director Wes Ball Developing New ‘Planet of the Apes’ Movie

After much speculation, the Planet of the Apes series is alive and well at its new Disney home.

According to THR, Disney has tapped The Maze Runner director Wes Ball to develop a new Apes film. The move makes Apes one of the first historically storied Fox titles to get the redevelopment treatment since Disney’s acquisition of the storied studio.

It is unclear whether the new Apes project is meant to be a new reboot or an extension of the previous film series. Neither Andy Serkis, nor Matt Reeves, are mentioned in the original report.

The franchise has experienced significant ups and downs, with the original 1968 film being hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time. It’s sequels, along with Tim Burton’s 2001 reboot, did not receive the same fanfare.

It wasn’t until Andy Serkis and Rupert Wyatt debuted Rise of the Planet of the Apes, that the franchise experienced similar acclaim to the 1968 film.

Serkis’ incredible visual effects and motion capture work catapulted the film to mainstream popularity. He would go on to team with Matt Reeves for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes, two of the most critically acclaimed films of the 2010s.

Ball has experienced considerable success with his Maze Runner film trilogy, and was set to develop a Mouse Guard adaptation for 20th Century Fox. Disney ended up axing the project, but clearly maintained a relationship with Ball, as he’s also developing the Disney+ series The Night Market.

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