Rupert Wyatt’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes took everyone by surprise. Cynics were expecting a lazy retread or cheap prequel cash-in. What Wyatt and the team delivered was moving, action packed and chilling with sympathetic, we’ll rounded characters.

This served as a launch pad to allow Matt Reeves to deliver a further two movies that continually upped the stakes, the drama and the emotion. Frequently leaving us, the audience, conflicted as we see both our own human race, and the apes, make mistake after mistake that drag us towards a confrontation that we know is coming, but somehow hope won’t happen.

They all made good money and scored good reviews. Even so it was something of a surprise when a new Apes movie emerged from the Disney / Fox merger.

Now the director, Wes Ball (The Maze Runner) has spoken about his plans.

In an interview with Discussing Film, he talked about working with Josh Friedman on the script and entering virtual production very soon. He was clear that after the last three movies seemed to conclude an arc, he needed to go somewhere new.

“Those last three movies are one of the great trilogies we have in modern movie history. They are just so well done. They honored the original movies they sprang from, the Charlton Heston movies, but they grounded it in a modern sensibility and it just worked. Caesar is one of the great movie characters that we’ll have throughout time. So what do you do to follow that up, right? At the same time, I wasn’t interested in doing a part four either. We want to also do our own thing.

We have a take. We have a way of staying in the universe that was created before us, but we’re also opening ourselves up in being able to do some really cool new stuff. Again, I’m trying to be careful here. I’ll say this, for fans of the original three don’t worry – you’re in good hands. The original writers and producers that came up with Rise and Dawn, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, they’re also on board with this.”

Could he be about to copy the 1960’s movies and look into the future in order to bookend the whole series? We will see.