Disney has now officially revealed the release date for the upcoming instalment of the Planet of the Apes franchise, which was first announced back in 2019. Disney formally announced this week that the film, dubbed Kingdom of the Planets of the Apes, will be released in May 2024. It will be helmed by Wes Ball, who also worked on Maze Runner, and will take place a number of years after War for the Planet of the Apes in 2017. Plot details have not yet been made public.
Production will begin this month, according to the official 20th Century Studios Instagram page. Additionally, it was announced last week that Peter Macon, Freya Allan, Owen Teague, and Eka Darville from the Jessica Jones series will all appear in the movie (The Orville). Although it was first believed to be a total reboot, this film will be the eleventh instalment in the Planet of the Apes franchise and the fourth in the 20th Century’s reboot storyline.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which debuted in 2011, was followed by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014 and War for the Planet of the Apes in 2017, all of which were part of the reboot. According to Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios, “Planet of the Apes is one of the most recognisable and illustrious science fiction franchises in film history, as well as being an indelible part of our studio’s legacy.”
We are honoured to carry on the tradition of inventive, thought-provoking cinema set by the Planet of the Apes series with Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, and we can’t wait to share Wes’ great vision for this next chapter with viewers in 2024.