“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” Starts Production in Australia
The Planet of the Apes franchise is getting a new installment. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes has begun production at Disney Studios in Australia (formerly Fox Studios in Australia) in Sydney. This new installment will begin an all-new chapter in the epic saga that was last directed by The Batman helmer Matt Reeves in his excellent 2017 trilogy capper War for the Planet of the Apes.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Wes Ball (director of the Maze Runner trilogy) from a script by Josh Friedman, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa, and Patrick Aison. The creative team is taking on one of the most iconic franchises of them all, one that has spanned generations, starting with the first film, Planet of the Apes, which arrived in 1968 and starred Charlton Heston, was a huge hit that spawned four theatrical sequels, two TV series. Then came Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, followed by the critically and commercially successful reboot, begun in 2011, with director Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, followed by Matt Reeves’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes.
Here’s what Steve Asbell, the President of 20th Century Studios, said about the new film in a statement: “We’re thrilled to be in Sydney filming Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes at the world-class Disney Studios Australia. Planet of the Apes is one of the most iconic and storied science fiction franchises in film history and an indelible part of our studios’ legacy. The extraordinary director Wes Ball and cast and crew are continuing the series’ tradition of imaginative, thought-provoking cinema. We can’t wait to share this new chapter with audiences in 2024.”
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Featured image: “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Courtesy 20th Century Studios/Walt Disney Studios.