‘Maze Runner’ Director Wes Ball To Helm New ‘Planet Of The Apes’ Film

Fox has tapped Maze Runner director Wes Ball to helm a new Planet of the Apes film.

20th Century Fox’s rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy concluded with the release of Matt Reeves’ third entry in the series. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has learned Maze Runner director Wes Ball has been enlisted by Fox to develop and helm a new Planet of the Apes film.

According to the outlet, it is currently unclear if Wes Ball’s new Planet of the Apes film will reboot the franchise again or serve as an extension of the previous trilogy. The development of Wes Ball’s new film makes Planet of the Apes one of the first Fox franchises to be retooled since the studio was acquired by Disney.

Wes Ball will be entering the familiar territory with his new Planet of the Apes film, as his Maze Runner trilogy was also set in a dystopian future. Based on the Maze Runner book series by James Dasher, Wes Ball’s film trilogy collectively earned almost $1 billion worldwide.

Based on the Planet of the Apes novel by Pierre Boule, the first film in the franchise was released and 1968 and followed Charlton Heston as an astronaut who crash-landed on a planet ruled by intelligent apes, only to discover he was actually on Earth all along several years after it has been devastated by a nuclear war. The highly-successful film resulted in several Planet of the Apes sequels, a TV series, and 2001 remake by Tim Burton before Fox rebooted the franchise with a trilogy that started with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The reboot trilogy centered on mankind’s fall and the rise of Apes as the dominant species on Earth, with Andy Serkis portraying lead character Caesar through groundbreaking motion capture technology.

Are you excited to see a new Planet of the Apes film? Do you think Maze Runner director Wes Ball is the right choice to move the franchise forward? Share your thoughts on Wes Ball’s Planet of the Apes film in the comments section below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, “Aqualad”.

“Aqualad” will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for “Aqualad” by clicking “Next”.

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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