Since the Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios), one of the franchises fans wanted to see what the studio would explore is Planet of the Apes, and back in December, it was reported that Maze Runner director Wes Ball would tackle a new Apes film, taking over from Matt Reeves, who is now working on The Batman for WB/DC.
Since then the biggest question has been, would the film exist in the same universe in the Andy Serkis led Caesar universe or would it be a reboot. Well, last week reports surfaced that the film would indeed be a reboot.
Not so fast, director Wes Ball took to Twitter to share his thoughts on these reports, even going as far as to tease that his film will indeed exist in the Caesar universe.
It’s never been easier for film journalists to actually get in touch with the actual people who actually know… but maybe it’s the point to NOT fact-check these days?
Regardless. Don’t worry. I won’t ruin the surprises, but it’s safe to say Caesar’s legacy will continue…🤫
— Wes Ball (@wesball) February 17, 2020
The original Planet of the Apes film, based on a novel by French writer Pierre Boulle and starring Charlton Heston, centers on an astronaut who lands on a planet and discovers an advanced ape civilization ruling over primitive humans. In the final, infamous twist, he learns he is actually on Earth, which had suffered an apocalyptic nuclear war.
The movie was a commercial and critical hit upon its 1968 release and spawned numerous sequels and a TV series throughout the 1970s. In 2001, Tim Burton remade the movie as an action-adventure that failed to excite audiences. However, Fox found success again with a reboot trilogy that began with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, an origin story chronicling how the primates took over that featured envelope-pushing motion-capture technology and a stirring performance by Serkis as the leader of the apes, Caesar.
Source: Wes Ball