Rupert Wyatt Might Direct Fox's Planet of the Apes Prequel?
And I thought this project was dead! Deadline is reporting that British director Rupert Wyatt is Fox's top choice to direct the Planet of the Apes prequel. Wait - there's a Planet of the Apes prequel? We've been reporting various rumors and rumblings about a new Apes movie for years, but it never got off the ground. Now this hits almost out of nowhere. Deadline's report is also suspiciously brief, stating: "No start date, but Wyatt's come aboard to develop to direct." They also say the script they're using was written by Rick Jaffa (The Relic) and Amanda Silver (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle). So who is this Rupert Wyatt guy anyway?
Wyatt is a British filmmaker who got his start directing a few short films. He then directed his first feature called The Escapist in 2008, which was one of my favorite movies of that year. He hasn't directed anything since then, but if you've seen The Escapist (and not many people have), you will agree with me about how much potential this guy has, especially if they give him a huge project like Planet of the Apes. Speaking of which, I have a feeling Fox wants to keep this grounded and low budget, so that it can't potentially flop big like Tim Burton's Planets of the Apes. But details are sparse at the moment and it's too early to tell anyway.
The last time we wrote about Planet of the Apes was back in December of 2008 and it was only to provide an update on an Apes prequel called Caesar written (and to be directed) by Scott Frank. However, it looks like that project was thrown out and Fox may be going a different route, but then again Deadline never mentions the name of the project that Wyatt is now developing (it could be Caesar). I did a quick search and found an article from January this year on CHUD that confirms that Frank left the prequel, which explains why Wyatt is now on-board instead. We'll let you know if we hear anything else about this, so stay tuned. Thoughts?