With Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, many have
been wondering what that will mean for the future of certain fan-favourite Fox
One particular property that has particular interest in it,
of course, is the iconic Planet of the Apes franchise. And on that front, it’s
good news for Apes fans.
Previously, there was concern that the stunning recent
Planet of the Apes trilogy would be completely scrapped or the property even
rebooted once more. Now, Disney CEO Bob Iger has moved to play down those fears.
As reported by Variety,
Iger confirmed to investors that Planet of the Apes will not be getting remade,
rejigged or axed. Instead, Disney will leave all things Apes as they are for
now, with the House of Mouse to then eye new Planet of the Apes movies that
exist within the world that was first fleshed-out in 2011 with Rise of the
Planet of the Apes.
With 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and 2017’s War
for the Planet of the Apes, somehow the property managed to pull off the unthinkable
and get better with each passing film. That 2011 offering was fantastic enough,
but that was eclipsed by Dawn, which was then subsequently surpassed in quality
by the jaw-dropping War.
Any time frame on a new Disney-developed Planet of the Apes suggests
that a fourth movie in the saga wouldn’t begin serious production until a year
or two down the line – which could be good news for Matt Reeves.
Reeves helmed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the
Planet of the Apes, and has previously talked up how he’s got story ideas for a
fourth film in the revamped Apes series. Right now though, the director is busy with The
Batman, so a start date of a couple of years in the future would be perfect
timing for Reeves.