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Apes Wielding Guns In DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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.

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Matt Reeves Will Direct DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Deadline confirms that director Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) will helm Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes for 20th Century Fox.


Matt Reeves And Others Wanted To Direct DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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.


Matt Reeves’ New Twilight Zone Movie Gets A Writer

Variety reports that Warner Bros. has set screenwriter Tony Peckham to write the new Twilight Zone which will be directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield). The new movie is expected to be a single story and I assume won’t be a re-envisioning of old episodes. Peckham has worked with Warner Bros. previously on Sherlock Holmes, Book of Eli and Invictius. He’s also helping write Yucatan for the studio which has Robert Downey Jr. attached to star. Yucatan had been a passion project of actor Steve McQueen but ultimately was never made.


Matt Reeves In Talks To Direct Twilight Zone For Warner Bros.

Deadline reports that Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) is Warner Bros’ pick to direct their new Twilight Zone film. Previously names like Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron (Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, Gravity) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of The Planet of The Apes) had been in the mix. 

Reeves had been a contender to helm both Man of Steel and The Wolverine. He’s currently also attached to direct a film based on 8 O’Clock In The Morning which inspired John Carpenter’s They Live. The new Zone film will tell one single story unlike the previous movie which had segments made by different directors. They also mention it will be science fiction in nature with the feel of being from the world of the Twilight Zone. So I’m expecting a lot of bizarre twists in the story and a large reveal in the end.



Matt Reeves Making New Film Based On The Short Story That Influenced They Live

Deadline reports Universal Pictures has hired Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield) to write and direct a re-imaging of John Carpenter’s They Live. Instead of remake they will be directly adapting the original short story 8 O’ Clock In The Morning by Ray Nelson which influenced They Live. Strike Entertainment will produce, they made Zack Synder’s Dawn of The Dead and The Thing prequel which is due out this fall. Reeves spoke on the film and gives insight on the direction they will be going. Fans of the original should rest easy as this will likely be a totally different film. This news likely puts Reeves out of the running to direct The Wolverine.


“I saw an opportunity to do a movie that was very point-of-view driven, a psychological science fiction thriller that explores this guy’s nightmare,” Reeves told me. “There could be a desperate love story at the center of this. Carpenter took a satirical view of the material and the larger political implication that we’re being controlled. I am very drawn to the emotional side, the nightmare experience with the paranoia of Invasion of the Body Snatchers or a Roman Polanski-style film.”


Hugh Jackman Confirms The Wolverine Moving Forward

SuperheroHype and CinemaBlend were able to speak with Hugh Jackman during some early promotion for Real Steel at CinemaCon. The actor/producer of The Wolverine commented on the film and their search for a director. He also gives the impression Fox is currently still looking into when they can start shooting in Japan. The majority of the film is expected to shoot in the country.

“So now we’re out looking for a director. We were pretty much ready to go. The script is fantastic — the best we’ve ever had, which is why it attracted Darren in the first place. His personal situation precludes him from doing it now, and I feel for him. But now we need to find a director…..We’re not going to settle. We’re going to find a director as good as Darren, if not better. Well, as good. Everyone is still pushing forward to getting it done.”


“We need to find another director and once we’ve found that, we’ll be able to know. It’s too early to call on Japan [where the majority of filming will take place], I’m not sure where they’re at, so now we’re finding another director….Fox is very anxious to make the movie and we’re moving ahead full steam to find another director.”

Producer Lauren Shulder Donner also recently commented on the film during her interview with Empire Magazine. Giving the impression it will be a true Wolverine film and there won’t be forced mutant cameos.

“It will have depth and a dramatic backbone. And yet there’s more action in this one than in any one we’ve ever done. It’s such a good script. We have the great Christopher McQuarrie writing and it’s very true to the Japanese saga. This is Logan on his own…”

I think it would be a great boost for the film industry over there to have a production like The Wolverine shot there. Hopefully his talk of a director as good as Aronofsky isn’t just lip-service as many fans are under the impression that Darren left over creative issues. If they do look into directors like Matt Reeves and Duncan Jones I’d be happy. The statement of a director as good as Darren would give me the idea that David Fincher or someone on his level could be looked into.