Disney Taps Maze Runner Director For Planet of the Apes Movie


It looks like we might be heading back to the world of Planet of the Apes. A new report from THR, Fox claims that and the parent company in Walt Disney Studios is actually redeveloping this franchise with the director of Maze Runner, Wes Ball. It is unclear if these efforts with the popular franchise are set to be a full-on reboot or if it will just pick up from the well-established story. Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes had released in 2017 and earned a lot of critical and commercial success.

Wes Ball had been deep in development on a feature movie adaptation of Mouse Guard, and then Disney had shelved this property after they had bought Fox. The Maze Runner franchise for 20th Century had ended up earning around $1 billion worldwide. The three movies had cost around $157 million to produce.

This now confirms the comments by Disney chief Bob Iger about Disney wanting to pursue a few more entries in this franchise. Reeves had helmed the two last two movies, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. Rupert Wyatt had launched this franchise reboot with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

With Reeves now working on The Batman at Warner Brothers, it is not really clear if he will be asked to produce this franchise.

Planet of the Apes Reboot does not have a release date yet.


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