Disney takes on the Planet of the Apes series
Compared to Disney’s other reboots of Fox franchises, the upcoming Planet of the Apes film faces a unique problem. In February 2020, it was reported that Wes Ball, writer and director of The Maze Runner trilogy, will be helming and co-writing the next film in the Planet of the Apes franchise. It was announced in August 2022, and the title, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, was unveiled in September 2022; filming began in Australia in October 2022.
The first Planet of the Apes film to be made after Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox is Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. These are only some of the film series that Disney is reviving. The great Prey successfully rebooted the Predator franchise, and Avatar: The Way of Water is on its way. There is also an Alien TV series in the works and new X-Men and Fantastic 4 movies. Because of its history, Planet of the Apes has an uphill battle.
The Planet of the Apes Must Measure Up to a Fantastic Saga (Unlike Other Fox Franchises)
Unlike these franchise reboots, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and its planned sequels will follow a fantastic trilogy. Both Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves, are excellent films that expand upon the foundation laid in the first film of the trilogy, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is sometimes overlooked despite being an integral part of the overall story. Incredible motion-capture technology is combined with stellar acting, especially from Andy Serkis in the role of Caesar, to create three breathtakingly gorgeous and emotionally engaging science fiction films.
In contrast to the other Disney franchises that have been rebooted, this is a significant departure. All three franchises—Alien, Fantastic Four, and X-Men—have either just released disappointing films or are in danger of dying out. Avatar: The Way of Water has problems, and the Predator franchise struggled until the release of Prey. The biggest obstacle for the Avatar sequel is not whether or not fans are still invested in Avatar after such a long time, which may come as a surprise given that Avatar is the most significant movie of all time.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Caesar, Rocket, Maurice, and Buck Disney Seems To Be Getting Right
Disney is doing an excellent job with the Planet of the Apes franchise, although Kingdom of the Apes has a challenging hurdle. Making this a sequel instead of starting from scratch makes sense. It would have been a mistake to reboot the Planet of the Apes series less than ten years after War for the Planet of the Apes; the Caesar trilogy deserved to be completed, albeit with the timeframe being much further after the finish of Caesar’s saga.Even more intriguing is the potential hint in the title, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, at the growth of the ape empire and power after Caesar’s demise. It also brings the film closer to the first Planet of the Apes regarding the power dynamic between humans and apes by implying that apes may have become the dominant species and civilization on Earth. With this, it looks like Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is pointing toward a promising future for the Planet of the Apes franchise, one that can expand rather than be limited by the success of its immediate predecessors.
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