Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is officially the next chapter in the Sci-Fi franchise! 20th Century studios announced the title, some cast members, and more this afternoon.
Today brings some exciting news/updates on the next Planet of the Apes film. We’ve known it’s been in the works for a little while, but today brings some concrete details on what fans can expect as filming is set to start next month.
For one, the title is officially Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and we have confirmation that it is a DIRECT continuation of the previous films. While details are still light, the press release reveals Kingdom will take place “many” years after the events in War of the Planet of the Apes.
Fans have been wondering since it was initially revealed as being in the works, whether or not this would serve as a continuation or a reboot. Personally, I’m thrilled to see this version of the Apes moving forward rather than trying to kick off another reboot.
On top of that, and the impressive artwork included, 20th Century also confirms prior reports of Owen Teaguq being set to star, while announcing the addition of Freya Allen (the Witcher) and Peter Macon to the cast.
20th Century Studios’ “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes,” starring Owen Teague (“It”), Freya Allen (“The Witcher”) and Peter Macon (“The Orville”), will begin production next month under the direction of Wes Ball (“The Maze Runner” trilogy). This film starts an all-new chapter in the “Planet of the Apes” saga, picking up many years after the conclusion of 2017’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.” The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”), Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), and Patrick Aison (“Prey”). Joe Hartwick Jr. (“The Maze Runner” trilogy), Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Jason Reed (“Mulan”) are the film’s producers. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are the executive producers.
Steve Asbell, President 20th Century Studios said, “’Planet of the Apes’ is one of the most iconic and storied science fiction franchises in film history, as well as being an indelible part of our studio’s legacy. With ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ we are privileged to continue the series’ tradition of imaginative, thought-provoking cinema, and can’t wait to share Wes’ extraordinary vision for this new chapter with audiences in 2024.”
“Planet of the Apes” is one of 20th Century Studios’ most popular and enduring franchises, amassing more than $1.7 billion worldwide. Based on a novel by Pierre Boulle, the first film in the series was released by Twentieth Century-Fox in 1968 and went on to become one of the year’s biggest hits, winning a special Academy Award® and followed by four theatrical sequels and two television series. A remake, “Planet of the Apes,” directed by Tim Burton, was released in 2001, then a 2011 reboot, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was followed by two sequels, 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and 2017’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.”
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is set to launch at some point in 2024.