WME has signed Wes Ball and Joe Hartwick Jr. amid their efforts to reboot the classic Planet of the Apes film franchise.
The duo, which formed Oddball Entertainment circa 2016, will be together with Ball producing and Hartwick directing, according to Deadline. It’s unclear if this is going to affect their current endeavors or possible deals in the talking stages.
Neither of the two are strangers to the spotlight, both having seasoned careers in the industry. Ball and Hartwick are best known for respectively directing and producing the Maze Runner trilogy, which across all three movies, net almost $1 billion in the box office.
Late last year, THR reported Ball was working to develop and direct a Planet of the Apes reboot for 20th Century Fox, now known as 20th Century Studios. It’s still unclear if it will extend onto the previous reboot or be a completely clean slate with a new story.
Under the Oddball Entertainment banner, the two were also working on Mouse Guard, a film adaptation of a graphic novel of the same name by David Petersen. This fell through, though, back in April as Disney canned the project ahead of production following the Disney/Fox deal. 10 minutes of footage was released to the internet showcasing the passion project’s vision.
This deal with the Oddball Entertainment founders isn’t the only large-scale deal WME has taken a part in. They also managed to convince Iron Man actor, Robert Downey Jr. alongside his wife, Susan Downey, and his Team Downey label to sign.