Andy Serkis’ performance as Caesar was an excellent step in the right direction of the Planet of The Apes franchise one thing really bothered me about it. Mainly, my problem was that the apes didn’t pick up and use guns which they have for most of the series. It seems like director Matt Reeves is going to be rectifying this. As an image was posted on the film’s Facebook page via IGN featuring an ape holding a gun. This image of course is teasing the evolution of the apes and how they might become slightly more dangerous than the previous film. UPDATE: Apparently the image is fake.
Deadline confirms that director Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) will helm Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes for 20th Century Fox.
Now that director Rupert Wyatt has exited the Planet of The Apes franchise. Fox is now on the hunt for a new director to replace him with the 2014 release date looming. Deadline reports that Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) is on the top of their list along with other candidates that include Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Hellboy), Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), J Blakeson (Alice Creed), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) and Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible).
Reeves has left the Twilight Zone film which was setup at Warner Bros., so there’s a good chance he’ll sign on. Guillermo is also a solid choice as he’s a genre nut and could really amp up the action aspect for the sequel. Johnson’s jump into science fiction with Looper could make him a decent candidate. Only problem is that Rian usually only directs projects he writes himself. I assume if he signs on he’ll be making script rewrites which would only be a benefit to the project.
20th Century Fox has announced the release date for the sequel to Rise of The Planet of The Apes titled Dawn of The Planet of The Apes. The film is set for a May 23rd 2014 release date with Andy Serkis returning as Caesar along with director Rupert Wyatt. Details on the sequel haven’t been made official but the film likely will focus on the new ape society becoming the dominate species while the human population is wiped out by a deadly virus.