A few months ago it was announced that some of Fox's most profitable franchises were going to have new films after the acquisition of the company by Disney. One of them was 'Planet of the Apes', but since then nothing had been said about it again. That has changed with the signing of Wes Ball to deal with the new installment.
It has been Deadline who has revealed exclusively the hiring of the director of the three installments of 'The Maze Runner', the only feature films directed to date by Ball. What is not entirely clear is what will be the exact address of this new installment of the saga started 51 years ago with the science fiction classic starring Charlton Heston.
Sequel to the current saga or remake of the 1968 classic?
There are two great options on the table. On the one hand, Ball could continue the story where he stayed after the wonderful 'War of the Planet of the Apes' or opt for a remake of 'The Planet of the Apes' – although perhaps it would be more accurate to talk about a new adaptation of the novel of Pierre Boulle-. The project is still at an early stage of development, but I don't think it takes too long to make a decision.
'Planet of the Apes' already followed the path of the remake in 2001 with a tape directed by Tim Burton with Mark Wahlberg as a great protagonist of the function. It was not bad at the box office – raised $ 361 million against a budget of 100 – but left no good taste and ran out of sequels.
We had to wait ten years until the arrival of 'The Origin of the Planet of the Apes', which was followed by two new deliveries. With the march of Matt reeves Warner to deal with 'The Batman' had to put someone new in front and Fox has finally decided on Ball. Hopefully it lives up to the challenge.