After last week’s news that Rupert Wyatt was no longer directing Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes quickly a shortlist was made up and one name was at the top of the list, Matt Reeves.The Cloverfield/Let Me In director was always going to be high on the list created by 20th Century Fox Pictures simply down to his recent experience of blending fx and character development plus also the small fact he recently signed a development deal with the studio’s television wing too. When you look at the other candidates he was the best suited, Guillermo Del Toro who seems to be connected to everything these days was a longshot like Rian Johnson. J.Blakeson(Disappearance of Alice Creed), director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo(28 Weeks Later ), Jeff Nichols and The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona all talented in their own particular ways but were always going to be highly unlikely.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes was the surprise 2011 summer hit which propelled Rupert Wyatt into one of Hollywood’s hottest filmmakers it also bagged the film nearly £300million at the box which meant a sequel was on the cards. With this new film aiming to be released 23rd May 2014 Wyatt saw this target as over ambitious as well as a storyline which was been rumoured to be getting more personal which many actors find hard to pull off. When you look at the level both Wyatt and Reeves burst into mainstream cinema Matt Reeves does look the perfect replacement here at The People’s Movies give our stamp of approval to the news! Reeves has shown great talent of mashing up genres to creates something different we do love Cloverfield (despite feeling nauseating when we watch it!) and we are big fans of Let Me In that remake no one wanted to make, a film very underrated.
Reeves will be joined by Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes team of Rick Jaffa Amanda Silver who have apparently already written a script ready for production, however we do not have any details of the exact plot just yet. Andy Serkis is reported to be coming back to be Cesar once more but when news breaks on the film project we’ll do our best to keep you updated.