“Caesar’s Legacy Will Continue…”
Fans of the Planet Of The Apes franchise have been left confused by reports that a new Disney Apes film will be a complete reboot.
The reports have forced the new director to issue a statement denying these stories are true.
Following last years’ acquisition of the 20th Century Fox series, Disney has announced it will make another film following the success of the previous trilogy, which was rebooted with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011) and culminated with War For The Planet Of The Apes in 2017.
According to Discussing Film, sources are saying that the new film, directed by Wes Ball, will not continue the story of those films. Instead, it’s expected to be a full-blown reboot that ignores the acclaimed trilogy –
Production Designer Daniel Dorrance (‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’) has joined the crew for Wes Ball’s ‘PLANET OF THE APES’ Reboot for 20th Century Studios. (EXCLUSIVE) https://t.co/CnWh8h8JwR pic.twitter.com/wzSt4K58ef
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) February 16, 2020
Now, the film’s director Ball has rubbished these reboot reports. The filmmaker has taken to Twitter to confirm that the new chapter will actually be a continuation of the 2010s trilogy –
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 director made this clear when the new movie was first announced, he admitted to wanting to ‘honour’ the Planet Of The Apes movies that had come before it, which also includes the originals and Tim Burton’s 2001 project –
“I’ll say this about Apes… I grew up on the original and absolutely love the previous trilogy,”
“I would only do this if I felt I could offer something special while still honouring what’s come before. We have something that’s shaping up to be an awesome chapter to this franchise.”
Following the film’s announcement, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger also made it clear that the new film would be a continuation of Matt Reeves’ acclaimed trilogy.