New Planet of the Apes Movie Gets The Maze Runner Director

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It’s only been two years since the release of Matt Reeves’s War for the Planet of the Apes, the conclusion to a rare blockbuster trilogy that has earned almost unanimous critical acclaim. The third film may have lost a bit of steam at the box office compared to its predecessor, but it still stands as an impressive achievement even if it already feels a little bit forgotten. Alas, there is no time to dwell on that fact as Disney and Fox are already eager to move forward with another installment and they have lined up a new director to continue the series. Hit the jump to find out what we know so far.

According to THR, Wes Ball has been hired to develop and direct a new Planet of the Apes movie for Fox. He is best known for The Maze Runner movies, having directed all three parts of the YA dystopian sci-fi series. It is unclear at this time if the new Apes movie is being planned as a reboot or if it would be a sequel continuing the story of Caesar’s crew.

This is the first Planet of the Apes movie to be developed since Disney’s acquisition of Fox and indeed one of the first big Fox franchises to potentially continue on under new ownership. Wes Ball was previously attached to direct Mouse Guard for Fox but it was cancelled by Disney just a couple of weeks prior to starting production. Perhaps this is Disney’s way of making it up to him. Are you looking forward to a new Planet of the Apes movie? Where do you think the series should go next?



  • Jake

    If they choose to continue the Caesar story wouldn’t the next film just be a straight remake of the 1968 film? I’m not sure I’m down for that. Seems like they’re in a tricky spot because rebooting it altogether doesn’t seem like the way to go either.

    Interestingly Matt Reeves was also producing that Mouse Guard movie. I know some people who like those books, but I’m not sure how well the story would have translated to the big screen so might be for the best that it was scrapped.