Wes Ball Says the Next Planet of the Apes Movie Won’t Be a Reboot
Back in December, Wes Ball signed on to take over the Planet of the Apes franchise. And ever since then, fans have been curious about how his new movie will tie into the previous three entries in the rebooted series. Critics and audiences famously responded well to the new trilogy that began with Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011. However, since the Apes brand now falls under the Disney umbrella following the studio’s Fox acquisition, many fans have expressed concern that Ball’s film will hit the reset button on the franchise once again. Fortunately, Ball himself is insisting that this won’t be the case.
Ball took to Twitter to respond to a ComicBook.com article suggesting that his Planet of the Apes movie would, in fact, be a reboot. At first, he expressed disappointment with the website for not reaching out to him for a comment. But he ultimately confirmed that he’ll continue the story laid out by directors Rupert Wyatt and Matt Reeves before him. You can check out what Ball had to say below.
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
Andy Serkis’ Caesar memorably laid down his life at the end of War for the Planet of the Apes in 2017. Because Serkis’ performance as the apes’ leader was a big part of what made the new films successful, Ball faces a difficult task in carrying on without him. However, it’ll be interesting to see what he eventually comes up with.
Ball’s Planet of the Apes film is still without a release date. Are you happy to hear that his movie will be a sequel and not a reboot? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!
Recommended Reading: Planet of the Apes Omnibus