It’s a shame that Rupert Wyatt isn’t directing DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the anticipated follow-up to RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. However, Fox has picked a real winner to replace him.
Deadline says CLOVERFIELD director Matt Reeves will take on the simian sequel. There have been many names bounced around since Wyatt’s surprise exit, everyone from Guillermo del Toro to Rian Johnson but it seems that Reeves has come out on top. I don’t know about you but I think he’s a perfect fit.
His track record sells itself. The director came on the scene with CLOVERFIELD, a SFX behemoth. You can bet DAWN will feature a whole slew of special effects so Reeves will be right at home there. But Reeves has also shown that he can aptly handle living, breathing actors too (LET ME IN). That’ll be important since the weakest parts of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES were the humans. They weren’t horrible but just paled in comparison to the magical work of Weta and Andy Serkis.
Now what does this mean for the proposed TWILIGHT ZONE movie that Reeves was attached to? I hope we can see both a TWILIGHT ZONE film and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Ironically, both films obviously have strong ties to Rod Serling.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES opens May 23, 2014.