Remember when we heard about the candidates for the directing job for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the sequel to the successful “Rise of the Planet of the Apes?” Well, guess what–Fox didn’t keep us waiting. According to Deadline, the studio has chosen Matt Reeves to take over from Rupert Wyatt, who declined the offer to return for the second film.
Wyatt supposedly decided to skip the sequel because he felt that he didn’t have enough time to make the movie he wanted and make the studio’s drop dead release date of May 23, 2014. If he thought that was a problem, then it behooved the studio to make a decision as quickly as possible–and thus today’s announcement for Reeves. Reportedly he beat out J Blakeson, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Jeff Nichols, Guillermo del Toro, and Juan Antonio Bayona–beat out, that is, if all of these directors were interested.
Reeves is best known for “Cloverfield” and “Let Me In.” He had several other projects in development, but this is a priority now. Stay tuned for more info (I hope) about casting, story, etc.).