Friday 30 September 2022

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Disney has announced the next instalment in the post-apocalyptic Planet of the Apes franchise following the acquisition of Twentieth Century Fox. The House of Mouse has also shared a first look at the concept art.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

“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,” said 20th Century Studios president, Steve Asbell. “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.”

Freya Allen (The Witcher) stars in the upcoming movie directed by Wes Ball, which is expected to launch a new trilogy much like stablemate Star Wars.

Before Star Wars hit the big screen, I vividly remember watching the Planet of the Apes television series and playing with Mego action figures. My parents took me to a local county show that featured a special appearance by the characters from the series. Marvel Comics' Spider-Man made a cameo, too.

Later, I discovered the original movies when they were repeated on television. Composer Jerry Goldsmith's (Alien) innovative soundtrack for the Planet of the Apes remains a touchstone and its influence can be heard in his own later scores including Alien.

The less said about director Tim Burton's (Batman) remake in the nineties, the better.

In 2011, I approached Rise of the Planet of the Apes with a jaded indifference. However, the reboot quickly captured my imagination and I was invested in Caesar's (Andy Serkis) story throughout the trilogy.

Are you looking forward to the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes? Let me know in the comments below.

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