A new “Planet of the Apes” movie has been given a greenlight at 20th Century Studios (owned by Disney), and we have a title and first look photo.
About the Movie
Titled “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” the film starts an all-new chapter in the Apes saga.
It is set many years after the conclusion of 2017’s “War for the Planet of the Apes,” in which the conflict between apes and humans has escalated into full war, and the ape Caesar sets out to avenge those he has lost.
The screenplay for the new film is by Josh Friedman, Patrick Aison, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver. Joe Hartwick Jr, Jaffa, Silver, and Jason Reed are the film’s producers, with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping exec producing.
Actor Owen Teague (“It”) has been picked to play the lead ape (currently unnamed, but possibly Caesar’s son Cornelius from the 2017 film).
Also cast have been Freya Allan (“The Witcher) as “lead human” and Peter Macon (“Orville“) in an unknown role.
Production is set to start next month with Wes Ball (“Maze Runner”) directing.
Here is a first look artist rendering from the film:
About the Franchise
“Planet of the Apes” is one of 20th Century‘s longest running franchises.
Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle, the first film in the series was released by 20th Century Fox (20th Century pre-Disney) in 1968, and went on to become an Oscar-winner, as well as one of the year’s biggest hits.
Four more film sequels and two TV series in the early 1970s also proved popular.
Director Tim Burton tried to reboot the franchise with a remake of the first film in 2001. Starring Mark Wahlberg, the film did well at the box office, but Burton lost interest in a sequel and the studio didn’t press forward.
A decade later, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” released in 2011 kicked off a new trilogy starring Andy Serkis as a genetically enhanced chimpanzee named Caesar.
The film was followed by the sequels “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014), and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”
“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is set for a 2024 release.
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