There had been a rumor circulating the other day from DiscussingFilm (have since altered their article) that Wes Ball’s new Planet of The Apes movie was going to be hard-reboot, however, the director seemingly has suggested on Twitter that isn’t the case.
Here is Ball’s response to ComicBook’s coverage of that rumor when a fan brought it to his attention.
BALL: “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…”
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
I guess this means they didn’t do enough digging/vetting of their information or were simply misinformed about the project.
Wes would know best given that he’s not only directing the film he’s directing it as well.
The great thing about the Planet of The Apes franchise it was built to keep Roddy McDowall around in his chimp makeup either playing Cornelius or his son Caesar.
People might not actually be aware that the first three movies that recently came out are prequels to the setting of the original Charlton Heston film, which took place in the year 3979.
One way to go is to move forward in time and give a filmmaker like Wes Ball the wiggle-room to create a slightly more advanced ape society thousands of years in the future possibly seeing humans finally go back to the stone age as the apes become the dominant species on Earth.
There is also time-travel involved as well when Cornelius and Zira go back in time to give birth to Caesar leading to the two movies that inspired Rise of The Planet of The Apes, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, and War For The Planet of The Apes.
I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if Andy Serkis returns.
Complex sociological themes run through this science-fiction classic about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves. The stunned trio discovers that these highly intellectual simians can both walk upright and talk. They have even established a class system and a political structure. The astronauts suddenly find themselves part of a devalued species, trapped and imprisoned by the apes.
SOURCE: WES BALL