According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney is planning to expand the "Planet of the Apes" franchise by developing a new movie and has signed Wes Ball to don the director's hat for the newest film in the highly successful series.
If accurate, it would mark one of the first significant film franchises formerly owned by 20th Century Fox to be developed by what remains of the studios' infrastructure in its new home at Disney.
Little has thus far been revealed about the plot, whether or not it would share continuity with earlier entries in the franchise, and even embody some of the similar actors.More news: Jeetan Patel appointed England's spin bowling consultant
Previously, Disney was forced to put Ball's adaptation of "Mouse Guard" into turnaround as part of the fallout of the merger. It was directed by Matt Reeves and starred Andy Serkis in the lead position. Tim Burton revived the franchise in 2001 as an action thriller, which didn't generate much love despite its box office numbers.
There are no timelines to Disney's Planet of the Apes film just yet but knowing how Disney likes to capitalise on a good thing I wouldn't be surprised if we get some progress on this pretty soon.
Ball's Maze Runner trilogy has grossed close to $949M at the worldwide box office.More news: Himesh Reshammiya Replaces #MeToo Accused Anu Malik On Indian Idol 11
The 1968 original movie was based on a French novel of the same name, starring Charlton Heston.
2011 marked the beginning of a trilogy of prequel films that began with Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes and continued with 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2017's War for the Planet of the Apes. This told the story of three human explorers who stumble upon a planet dominated by intelligent, great apes.More news: Rep. Nunes sues CNN for $435 million over Ukraine story
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