“Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” Begins Production in Australia

When screenwriters Michael Wilson and Rod Serling (yes, that Rod Serling) delivered their offbeat script for Planet of the Apes back in 1968 to 20th Century Fox and director Franklin J. Schaffner, they probably had no inkling that their story (based off of a semi-obscure French novel from some years earlier by author Pierre Boulle) about a future time in the Earth’s history when man would be ruled by highly intelligent apes would be anything but a mere trifle to moviegoers. Even with a not-so subtle message about mankind’s penchant for wrecking every party they’ve ever crashed, studio heads had to think that Planet of the Apes would be a simple programmer designed to do nothing more than take a world-weary poulace’s collective mind off of the Vietnam War, political assassinations and growing tumults in the streets as seen through riots and campus unrest. Of course, the movie brought more to the table than anyone could have ever prognosticated and – nine movies, two TV shows and over $1.7 billion smackers later – yet another big screen-bound Apes movie is forthcoming and currently in production, according to our Roddy McDowall admirers over at Variety.

 20th Century Fox is back in the Apes business – Planet of ther Apes, that is: The recently announced Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes has officially begun production in the Land Down Under (or Sydney, New South Wales, if you prefer). The new film is shooting at the famed Fox Studios in Australia, although we should all (after yet another corporate takeover) probably refer to it by its new name of Disney Studios Australia; doesn’t quite have same ring, does it?

Being touted as a brand-new chapter in the ongoing Apes saga, this new film will presumably continue the story where it was left off in 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes and will feature the directing acumen of The Maze Runner’s Wes Ball who will be running herd over actors Owen Teague (IT), Peter Macon (The Orville), Freya Allan (The Witcher), Kevin Durand (The Strain) and Eka Darville from Jessica Jones fame.

No official word on a scheduled release date for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, but we’ll keep our King Kong-like antennae at high-alert for any and all news about this latest exploration of Planet of the Apes!

RJ Frometa
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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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