The relaunch of the Planet of the Apes franchise in 2011 proved to be an inspiring idea for 20th Century Fox, a fact that has not been overlooked by the studio’s new owner, Disney, who has shown interest in continuing the series. Fox will go ahead with a new movie Planet of the Monkeys and chose to helm Wes Ball, known for directing Maze Runner.
It is uncertain at this time whether the movie will be a direct sequel to War for the Planet of the Apes (the latest movie in the series produced, released in 2017) or a total reboot.
The first production in the series, with Charlton Heston in distribution, was launched in 1968 – an adaptation of Piere Boulle’s novel. The success of the critics and box office of this first adaptation has generated a series of films, video games, even two series (one of which is an animation).
The latest relaunch of the franchise has garnered spectacular filmmakers and repeated Oscar nominations for visual effects (Andy Serkis’s motion-capture performance – in the role of monkey leader Caesar – has been hailed by critics as “one of the cinematic wonders of modern cinema”).