New Planet of the Apes project planned with Maze Runner director

Disney CEO Bob Iger is reportedly keen for another reboot of the franchise as soon as possible

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Maze Runner director Wes Ball will helm a new Planet of the Apes film as Disney CEO Bob Iger looks towards further expanding the franchise.

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The most recent trilogy of films, comprised of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, drew to a close in 2017, and Iger is reportedly keen for another reboot as soon as possible.

Following the Fox-Disney merger, this will be the first Fox property that Disney has developed into a new film.

Little has so far been revealed about the plot, whether it might share continuity with previous entries in the franchise, or even include some of the same actors.

Ball had previously been working on an adaption of graphic novel Mouse Guard for Fox, but plans for that project were shelved soon after the merger.

In total there have been nine feature films in the franchise since the original Planet of the Apes was released to much fanfare in 1968, in addition to a 1974 television series and a 1975 animated series.

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War for the Planet of the Apes was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and praised extensively for its motion-capture work. It was directed by Matt Reeves and starred Andy Serkis in the lead role.