The iconic “Planet of the Apes” franchise is kicking off a new trilogy with its upcoming film, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Exciting news for fans of all ages, especially those who have followed the series since its inception. This time, the reins have been handed over to director Wes Ball, who promises that this installment is just the beginning of something epic.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, Ball shared his vision for the future of the franchise, stating, “From the beginning, we thought about this as a trilogy. We had these grand ideas where it could ultimately go and how it could fit into the legacy of these movies. So I’m certainly talking to the studio right now about the next story.”
Unlike the previous movies, which focused on the end of a chapter, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will explore fresh beginnings. Ball explains, “The last three movies were about the end of something. They were about the end of this Moses story. They were about the end of humanity. And we thought, ‘From the ashes of those previous movies, we’re gonna grow a new tree to climb.’ This movie is very much about the beginning of something.”
One of the exciting aspects of this new film is the introduction of Owen Teague as the lead character, Cornelius. Teague, who sought advice from the legendary Andy Serkis, shared his experience of stepping into the motion capture shoes, saying, “Well, we all talked to Andy Serkis. He and I had a meeting, and he was part of why I became an actor. So this was something that I’d been wanting to do my entire life, and it was literally a dream come true to get to do this job and play this character … the hardest part about it was just learning how to be in a suit all day and have a camera strapped to your head. But you get used to it after about a week.”
Mark your calendars, because Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is set to make its debut in theaters on May 24, 2024. It’s an exciting time for fans of the franchise and moviegoers alike, as we embark on a new journey filled with awe-inspiring storytelling and groundbreaking visuals.
Don’t Forget These Movie Sequels!
While we wait for the next chapter in the “Planet of the Apes” saga, let’s take a moment to appreciate some other fantastic movie trilogies. Here are a few unforgettable third films that have left their mark on the big screen:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: A fitting conclusion to this epic fantasy trilogy, this film swept the Academy Awards and solidified its place in cinematic history.
Back to the Future Part III: Marty McFly and Doc Brown are back for another exciting adventure, this time traveling to the Old West. It’s a delightful conclusion to an iconic time-traveling saga.
Toy Story 3: The toys face their biggest challenge yet as Andy prepares to leave for college. This heartfelt and nostalgic film had audiences of all ages reaching for the tissues.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The third installment in the Indiana Jones series brings back the charm and excitement of the original, with the added bonus of Sean Connery as Indiana’s father.
These films remind us that sometimes the third time really is the charm. So, as we eagerly anticipate the new “Planet of the Apes” trilogy, let’s celebrate the magic and legacy of these unforgettable movie sequels!