Matt Reeves Set to Direct ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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matt reeves let me in Matt Reeves Set to Direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Rupert Wyatt managed to revitalize the Planet of the Apes franchise with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, following a ten-year dormancy period after the release of Tim Burton’s lucrative, but critically-disparged, ‘re-imagining’ of the property. He chose to pass on a followup – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – prompting Fox to draw up a shortlist of potential replacements, topped by Matt Reeves (who recently struck a development deal with the television sector of the studio).

Reports are in that Reeves is now formally set to helm the latest Apes installment. Production should be getting underway soon, as Fox intends to keep the May 2014 release date it announced a few months back.

It didn’t take long for Fox to get the ball rolling on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, well before the project even had a title (beyond the traditional ‘Planet of the Apes’ suffix). The studio set Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to work on the script shortly after Rise of the Planet of the Apes had proven to be successful; some time thereafter, Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns was reportedly hired to do some rewrites, essentially confirming that the film will focus directly on the fallout from a human-engineered virus (unleashed on the population at the conclusion of Rise).

Deadline confirms with its report on Reeves assuming directorial duties for Dawn, describing Jaffa and Silver’s script draft as “a natural extension of the first film [which] seamlessly set up the apocalyptic sequel plotline.” Andy Serkis is returning as the genetically-altered ape Caesar; though, most of the humans in Rise won’t be following suit (seeing how they are already dead). However, James Franco – who played the scientist responsible for creating said apocalyptic virus – remains a strong possibility, for obvious reasons.

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Andy Serkis and James Franco in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

Wyatt did an excellent job directing Rise, combining together elements of a prison escape thriller with a coming-of-age melodrama and traditional sci-fi cautionary tale – all told from the POV of a non-human protagonist. The script left something to be desired, in terms of interesting human characters (not to mention, logistics of how humanity brings about its own doom). However, Dawn could easily improve on its predecessor in those areas, now that the apocalypse storyline is moving forward full-steam ahead (and the ape-revolution is underway).

Reeves, as it were, is in some ways a better ‘fit’ for Dawn than Wyatt. The latter had directed the prison escape tale The Escapist prior to working on Rise, but his lack of experience with big-budget fare reportedly made for something of a tense shoot. By comparison, hiring on the filmmaker who has made an engaging disaster flick with limited, but effective, use of CGI (Cloverfield) and showed a knack for character-oriented storytelling with Let Me In, could result in an Apes sequel that improves on its predecessor (and may be less stressful to make).

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes remains scheduled to open in U.S. theaters on May 23rd, 2014.


Source: Deadline

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  1. So Reeves is a good choice because he works well with special effects? How about a director who makes character oriented movies, who understands drama and writing? Disappointed in Fox.

    • ^Thank you!!

      • Umm, the article just pointed out his work in Let Me In as character-oriented. He can do both drama AND special effects heavy films. I think he’s a great choice.

        • Completely agree. I don’t know what “Jase” is talking about.

        • Let Me In doesn’t show his ability to handle character oriented pieces, sorry. Reeves is a questionable choice, at best.

          • Have you seen Let Me In?

          • Yeah dude. I disagree, “Let Me In” was a huge character oriented movie. I’ve enjoyed “Cloverfield” and “Let Me In” so I think he’ll do well. I’m just not totally sure as to what direction the movies going to go in.

  2. Matt Reeves doesn’t have time for The Twilight Zone Movie but has all the time in the world to commit himself to this crap. To think the Twilight Zone film would have utilized all his talent as an original creative vision, but no can do now. This is already rushed to begin with everything now, I hope Reeves gets yelled in face constantly during production, what a careless choice by him.

  3. “Cloverfield” sucked balls I hated that film was so disappointed “Let Me In” was ok so I dont think he`s the right choice. But who knows he can make it work I just hope they change their mind. Rupert Wyatt should stick to his project

    • Cloverfield done with its budget, was an ok. Rupert Wyatt, shot himself in the foot, with the whole Kristen Stewart fiasco.

      • That was Rupert SAUNDERS. A completely different human being.

        • Haha.

  4. Loved rise of the planet of the apes a lot saw it at a drive in and had an awesome time. I haven’t seen any Matt Reeves movies yet but I hope he’s a good choice article makes him out to be

  5. Nobody thought Marc Webb would be able to do Spiderman, because of 500 Days of Summer. Look what happened with that. lol.

  6. I think you’re getting a like for like trade, if not an upgrade. Planet of the Apes is a mid-level franchise for Fox. They were pleasantly surprised by the commercial and critical reaction and have decided to go with it. If it didn’t do well, they could have killed it without much loss. But they got a return on their investment. It’s not a major tentpole, in other words. Perhaps they just didn’t view Wyatt as being enough of an owner of the new series to be indispensable. Besides, Wyatt himself must have a bigger name now and more choices for projects. Reeves was available and he’s shown to be fairly adaptable. I can’t see him doing a worse job. This isn’t Brett Ratner coming in to replace Bryan Singer. At least, I hope not.