Ball elaborated on what sets the new movie apart from the Apes trilogy, saying, “We have a take. We have a way of staying in the universe that was created before us, but we’re also opening ourselves up in being able to do some really cool new stuff. … I’m trying to be careful here. I’ll say this, for fans of the original three don’t worry – you’re in good hands. The original writers and producers that came up with Rise and Dawn, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, they’re also on board with this. Josh Friedman is writing this thing, a lot of the same crew is kind of involved. We will feel like we’re part of that original trilogy, but at the same time we’re able to do some really cool new stuff. It will be really exciting to see on the biggest screen possible.”
As you might expect, Ball is unsure when exactly filming will begin given the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he seems optimistic the film will continue taking shape in the months to come. If anything, the series’ continued reliance on motion capture and computer effects may be an asset in 2020.
“Planet of the Apes is moving forward and we have a giant art team cranking away on some incredible concept art,” Ball said. “We’ve got the screenplay continuing to move forward, that will take the time that it takes and so that’s all good. Planet of the Apes is moving forward baby! Not only that, but we could actually be in virtual production relatively soon because it’s largely a CG movie.”It was first rumored in December that Ball would be directing a new Planet of the Apes movie. The filmmaker confirmed that news via Twitter that same day and said, “I would only do this if I felt I could offer something special while still honoring what’s come before.”
While the last Planet of the Apes movie hit theaters in 2017, the franchise has seen plenty of life elsewhere. There’s been a cinematic adventure game, “an often infuriating VR game,” and a graphic novel based on Rod Serling’s early screenplay drafts of the original movie.
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