It almost sounds as though Christopher Fiduccia of ScreenRant is thinking that Disney might be making a wise move with the idea of continuing on with the Planet of the Apes movies, but truthfully it almost feels like they’re reaching at this point, trying to push something that just isn’t there and perhaps bring to life something that was already on its way to being complete. A lot of us know that the original Planet of the Apes didn’t end happily for humans since it was determine that apes finally took over and the world as we knew it came crashing down around humanity’s ears. But Disney taking over could be a good or a bad thing depending on what direction they want to take it in. We’re already being informed that we’ll be getting reboots of some very popular movies that no one thought would be touched this soon such as Home Alone, Cheaper by the Dozen, and even Diaries of a Wimpy Kid. But Planet of the Apes came to a pretty nice conclusion during its last installment, and despite the fact that Fox and its properties are now owned by Disney, trying to improve on something that already saw a pleasant end, or trying to revive it with a reboot, seems like it could meet with disaster. I could be wrong and it could be that people are willing to keep overlooking the fact that the same material keeps coming to them in a different package, but it really does feel as though Disney is reaching a bit too far at this time.
The most recent version of Planet of the Apes beat out Tim Burton’s version by a country mile, easily, as the use of CGI and the story line managed to seal the deal even more since we finally got to go back to the very beginning when the uprising really started. Caesar was the perfect candidate for the beginning of this movie series and despite the fact that he passed on during the last movie there’s still plenty to go on since there’s still a general mistrust between the apes and mankind. But if Disney is going to bring this movie back and make more of them it might be that they’ll have to walk a fine line to really make it work since a lot of people might be willing to watch, but a lot of others might be getting a bit tired of the same old thing. Planet of the Apes is a great story and something that serves as cautionary tale no matter how fantastical it is, but messing with as has been done over the course of many years seems to be a bad idea. At this point Disney is starting to seem a bit greedy since their takeover of the properties they wanted so bad have left the playing field very much tilted in their favor and the other studios scrambling just to keep up. It hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows to be certain, but at the same time one can’t help but think that Disney isn’t really hurting all that much either. All they have to do is put out another new toy and people will flock to the shelves. Even a new show on a kids network will keep people happy for a while.
It does sound a little cynical and even a little hypocritical to speak against Disney in any capacity, but given that locked down so many properties just within the last several years it’s hard to say that they’re willing to let other studios even a chance to contend with them if they can just buy them outright. As Pamela McClintock and Paul Bond from The Hollywood Reporter wrote, thousands of Fox employees lost their job over this merger, and in the process only a percentage of the Fox employees were assimilated into the Disney ranks. This doesn’t have much to do with the movie in general, but at the same time it shows that Disney’s been absolutely ruthless when it comes to taking over not just certain properties, but entire studios as well.
Then there’s the same issue that’s been brought up with the possibility of a Deadpool 3 movie. Is Disney going to keep things the way they are, or are they going to be toned down in accordance with their image? The same could be asked of any former Fox properties that Disney took over, Alien being among them. If these properties are downgraded a rating and shown to be a more cuddly version of their former selves as has happened with the MCU so far, just how long are people going to keep watching? Planet of the Apes has never been a full-on gorefest or even had that much foul language in it, but at the same time it’s been plenty violent. So is the House of Mouse going to keep that aspect, or are we looking at an eventual tickle fight between the apes and humans?Deadpool 3 movie
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