Since Disney purchased 20th Century Studios, it has prioritised making more films based on established franchises, and one of the first films that Disney started work on was a new “Planet Of The Apes” film, which is set in a world where smart Apes have taken over the world and humans are fighting back.

The first film in the franchise was released in 1968 and was adapted from Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel “La Planète des singes”, which spawned four sequels and a TV series.  The franchise was rebooted with a new film by Tim Burton in 2001 and rebooted again in 2011, with “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes”, which also was followed by two sequels.

This next instalment in the franchise will take place within the universe from the last three films and will be directed by Wes Ball, who has previously directed the three “Maze Runner” films.  With Wes Ball previously stated:


Don’t worry. I won’t ruin the surprises, but it’s safe to say Caesar’s legacy will continue..

Recently 20th Century Studios president Steve Asbell spoke with THR and gave a small update on the upcoming “Planets Of The Apes” film:

We are expecting a draft very shortly, and it’s Wes Ball attached to direct. We hope to go by the late summer, early fall.

Steve Asbell also shared an insight into how 20th Century Studios films will compare to other Disney films:


In relation to the other brands — Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Disney Animation — we are closer to what you call “general entertainment” on the TV side. Some films will be more Disney-adjacent — Avatar, Free Guy, Planet of the Apes — and some films will be edgier.

Very little is known about the next instalment, but hopefully, we will find out more pretty soon.

You can watch many of the films from the “Planets Of The Apes” franchise on Disney+ internationally.

Are you looking forward to more adventures within “The Planet Of The Apes” franchise?

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Roger Palmer

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