Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel gains new director
The torch of the rebirth of the Planet of the Apes franchise has been passed on from the man who was at the helm of the surprisingly successful and cleverly done reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise, and while that might raise concern with fans of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes I think it might suggest that the franchise is set for step forward, and possibly up.
Rupert Wyatt was the director of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes which surprisingly managed to reboot the franchise in a modern and exciting way and I think was generally accepted as a positive addition to the franchise, but since the news came that he wasn't going to continue to the sequel there's been concern about where it would go. Now we know.
Originally Rupert Wyatt was set to direct the sequel however the studio decided that they wanted an aggressive release date that, according to attributed comments, Wyatt thought was just too over ambitious and decided to walk away from.
So the sequel lay without a director, until now. Deadline through The Guardian reveal that there's a new director on board the project and it's the man who delivered Cloverfield (Filmstalker review) and the Let the Right One In remake that was so powerful, Matt Reeves and it appears that Reeves has taken on the project with that studio release date of May 2014, he seems confident he can deliver, well for now he is.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will see Caesar starting to create an ape-based civilisation not long after the events of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the good news is that the script will be written once again by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.
I think this sounds like an interesting move to hand the sequel to Matt Reeves and considering how well Reeves has done with his remake of Let the Right One In Let Me In I think he's really well suited to this. If that had been a lesser name then we would have had scope to worry about the film, but Reeves name stands tall, if not taller, against Wyatt's and so there's a lot of hope for something as strong if not stronger.
It doesn't look like the studio are playing this just to deliver a cash catching sequel does it?