‘Planet of the Apes 3′ in Development: Matt Reeves Confirmed to Direct

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 10th, 2014 at 1:42 pm,

 Planet of the Apes 3 in Development: Matt Reeves Confirmed to Direct

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of Screen Rant’s most anticipated movies of 2014, not least of all because Caesar – the super-chimp brought to vivid life through Andy Serkis’ great motion-capture performance – will get even more time in the spotlight than he did in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The teaser trailer (which premiered at Comic Con last summer) has only heightened expectations for Cloverfield director Matt Reeves’ addition to the sci-fi franchise.

Originally, Reeves was (unexpectedly) brought in to replace director Rupert Wyatt on the followup to Wyatt’s successful Planet of the Apes prequel/reboot. We’ve now learned that 20th Century Fox likes Reeves’ sequel work enough to have gone ahead and signed him up to co-write and direct the next Apes installment.

Deadline is reporting that Fox has begun screening a rough cut of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for test audiences, so the obvious conclusion would be that early reactions have been quite positive thus far.

That’s good news for Fox, which is anticipating big returns from its dual tentpole releases this summer – Reeves’ Apes movie and Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer is already developing a followup to the latter (titled X-Men: Apocalypse) that is scheduled for 2016, so there’s a reasonable chance that Reeves has also begun working on Planet of the Apes 3 (its placeholder title for now) with a 2016 target in mind.

Reeves will co-write the next Planet of the Apes film with Mark Bomback, who did revisions on the original Dawn of the Planet of the Apes script draft (by Rise writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver) after Reeves committed to directing the sequel.

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Matt Reeves filming ‘Let Me In’

Bomback did similar rewrites on Christopher McQuarrie’s original script for The Wolverine and the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie, while Reeves’ past writing credits include the well-received Let Me In (the American remake of acclaimed Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In) – a film that he also directed.

While the main human cast for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell – is solid, they might not all be back in the third installment; their characters are expendable like James Franco in Rise, and Clarke might be headed to the Terminator franchise next.

Regardless, Serkis will definitely reprise as Caesar, and set photos from Dawn suggest that his mo-cap performance technique has only grown more sophisticated with practice and time – so don’t be surprised if his performance in Dawn is good enough to start an underground Oscar campaign (like his turn in Rise did).

Does Reeves being hired to direct Planet of the Apes 3 boost your confidence that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be a winner? Let us know in the comments section.


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes releases in theaters on July 11th, 2014.

Planet of the Apes 3 (official title TBD) will probably be released in Summer 2016.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Fall of the Planet of the Apes

    • I’d be interested in seeing that actually.

      • As would I but not so soon. I’d like to see an installment where we see the ape civilization at it’s peak hundreds, perhaps thousands of years in the future.

  2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Tokyo Drift

    • HA! This is funny.

  3. You know they could rewrite some of the older stories if they want to continue this story beyond number 3. The series could go:

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    Planet of the Apes
    Beneath the Planet of the Apes
    Escape from the Planet of the Apes
    Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
    Battle for the Planet of the Apes

    I know it probably wont happen, but it could be interesting to see. Just a thought

  4. Planet of the Apes and the Murder of Caesar by the Coward, Koba

  5. While I thoroughly enjoyed (and own) the first “Planet” in this series, it has always bugged me the apes living in the redwoods! There is hardly ANY fruit and the branches would be trés uncomfortable. I hope they go about establishing their food source (and please don’t let them be shopping at COSCO, it’s too soon!).

    • Hey, you do know that apes are omnivores, right? I;m pretty sure they would have plenty to eat.

  6. If they’re going to give or at least nominate Andy for an oscar they should be judging the raw footage, or give the animators the award as well.

  7. Lovely. Reminiscent of the Bourne trilogy. Continuity is always good to a series. I am genuinely optimistic about the potential of the next movie and trilogy (assuming it stays at three) as a whole.

  8. I’m not sure why but for some reason I had it in my mind that the movie was going to be released in March or early April. :(
    Bummer, but I’m hopeful that it will be worth the wait.

    • Correct me if I’m wrong but I thought there was some rule with the Academy that says an actor or actress has to actually appear on-screen as themselves to be nominated so that’s why Serkis hasn’t ever been nominated.
      Can’t remember where or when I heard that but I thought that’s why we have never seen actors or actresses nominated for animated films or for Serkis in films like King Kong, or Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

      • That is not true. The actress from the animated movie ‘Frozen’ won an oscar and, well… it’s animated.

        • No, she didn’t win an Oscar… She sang a song that won “Best Original Song” in the Oscars, but no actress from ‘Frozen’ won an Oscar for their performance in that movie. No one from ‘Frozen’ even got nominated… just the song.

    • Not monkey…. ape…

  9. This Movie was like the best movie ever i watched this movie would beat any other movies like hercules, GOTG , Anything love monkeys. so i wish it was up to like harry potter,

    • Not monkey… ape…

  10. Absolutely, incredible detail, script and overall movie. But, 2016 is a long time to wait.

  11. I think new film should be The Uprising of the Apes