Matt Reeves is Confirmed to Direct 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

October 1, 2012

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes / Matt Reeves

Last week, Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves was atop the shortlist to replace recently departed director Rupert Wyatt on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the surprise hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While Guillermo del Toro and Rian Johnson were also on the list, they seemed like long shots. Other names included In addition, The Disappearance of Alice Creed director J. Blakeson, 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols and The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona. Now Deadline confirms that Reeves has signed to direct the sequel. Read on!

Reeves was our favorite pick on the shortlist, and if anyone can deliver a quality film and still meet the May 23rd, 2014 release date, it's him. Reeves has proven a great ability to deliver thrilling sci-fi with Cloverfield, and Let Me In was a genre mashing successful adaptation that deserves a lot of credit, even if the original Swedish adaptation was phenomenal on its own. The script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver is ready to go into production, and Reeves is just waiting to get started now. Here's hoping Fox isn't rushing production and letting Wyatt leave wasn't a big mistake. Stay tuned.

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this is good news

Brandon V. Fletcher on Oct 1, 2012


Really so he couldn't commit to directing The Twilight Zone but somehow he can commit to this sequel Fox is forcing out their ass for more money. What the hell is wrong with you Reeves, I thought this guy was better than that. This is just a waste of good talent for another pointless cash in case again. With the Twilight Zone film Reeves had a chance to start a new vision and story, you could think about the many possibilities with it happening with his level of talent. I am actually really upset over his decision, I could never watch a Matt Reeves film the same way I did anymore.

JerseyBoy on Oct 1, 2012


so what youre saying is he shouldve did the other remake/sequel/rehash. got it

Brandon V. Fletcher on Oct 1, 2012


You don't get it so you. Do you have any amount of idea how much Fox is rushing this shit out compared to Warner Bros that wants to take there time with the quality. It's often production over quality and looking at that in terms of this film, you are not seeing the whole message. Reeves would have more creative freedom of expression over The Twilight Zone film than Dawn. It's not going to be Matt Reeves vision it's not going to be his own masterpiece anymore, it's going to be a product under control by greedy executives. Face the facts this will never turn out well no matter which director steps aboard. Fox already kicked the bucket with letting Wyatt and not doing shit about it.

JerseyBoy on Oct 1, 2012


I thought Cloverfield was directed by J.J.?

JBrotsis on Oct 1, 2012


nope. only produced. written by Drew Goodard (Cabin in the Woods)

Brandon V. Fletcher on Oct 1, 2012


I love this website. You fellas deliver great news. But as for taste in cinema, sometimes you guys just give it up for just about anything because it has "moments" which are good, rather than the actual film itself. - Just my opinion of course. It's not like I think I have the ultimate opinion or something, but if I was someone else, I'd trust my judgment (actually a lot people I know already do) - damn I sound like douche there don't I? Anyways, my whole point is that I remember when you guys did your video blog right after catching "Let Me In". Now I've seen and own "Let The Right One In" on blu ray and I own the book, which I have also read (not sure if either Ethan or Alex or Jeremy or y'all have either) but to me, "Let Me In" just felt like a rip off of "Let The Right One In". I don't buy that "remake" or "re-imagining" shit. "Let The Right One In" was sinister and edgy filmmaking. There was WAAAAAY too much CGI in his version. It just looked like shit when she attacked that guy in the tunnel. So fake!! Why not just shoot it practically?? Matt Reeves should be ashamed of himself as far as I am concerned. But I am willing to give Dawn " of the Apes a go. He seems better at doing larger budget films than lower budget ones.

conradthegreat on Oct 1, 2012



vince on Oct 1, 2012


there will be no more Cloverfield!! It's a shame!

Avi Smulders on Oct 1, 2012

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