Filming has officially begun on Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes in Sydney, Australia. The Fox Studios Australia complex, recently renamed Disney Studios Australia, is alongside the Allianz Arena and the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Thor: Love and Thunder were the recent big movies shot in the complex. No plot is yet known, but it is a safe bet to make a few assumptions as to when this will occur in the timeline and what will be featured. It will take place many years after the conclusion of 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes so is likely to show the ape domination in a far later stage of development to previous movies.
Wes Ball (The Maze Runner) takes over from Matt Reeves as director. The script is by Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Patrick Aison. Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Peter Macon, Eka Darville, and Kevin Durand will star in the movie.
The project is expected to provide more than 400 local jobs, worth over $80 million into the local economy.
The reboot series started in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was followed by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014 and War for the Planet of the Apes in 2017. These movies grossed over US$2 billion worldwide, against a combined budget under $600 million. There are also other tie-ins such as books, comics, video games and toys.
When Disney acquired Fox in 2019 they took on the rights to the franchise and the fourth movie was already in the early stages of production. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes now has an official 2024 release date.
Ever since the original movie came out way back in 1968, the Planet of the Apes franchise has received particular attention among film critics and commentators for its treatment of racial issues, its Cold War and animal rights themes and its impact on subsequent films, media, and popular culture.