Matt Reeves Tops 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Director Shortlist

September 26, 2012

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

After yesterday's news that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves would no longer be at the helm of The Twilight Zone movie, and now we may already know what is keeping him from following through on that film. Deadline has word that Reeves is at the top of a shortlist for directors to replace the recently departed Rupert Wyatt as the director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to last year's surprising hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. However, he's not the only name in the running. Bigger and less likely names include Guillermo del Toro (probably too busy with Pacific Rim) and Looper director Rian Johnson.

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 are also on the list to replace Wyatt. A decision will have to be made soon as the big challenge for Wyatt (and the reason for his departure) was having enough time to finish a quality film in order to meet a May 23rd, 2014 release date. The script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver is already done, and a director just needs to be picked. Reeves is my favorite pick on the list, but I still wish Wyatt was sticking around.

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I hope this flops without Wyatt, I hate when studios do this kind of shit.

Matt Peloquin on Sep 26, 2012


I guarantee this is going failed

truong18 on Sep 26, 2012


Just went from this ToT, to this ^-^.

DAVIDPD on Sep 26, 2012


My pick would be Stephen Sommers, I remember The Mummy being one of my favourite all time action adventure films, I know his films lately hasn't been up to par but this is great source material were talking about here. Sommers would be perfect and I hope they consider him among the list. Maybe have Brendan Fraser in a lead role, I haven't seen him in a blockbuster film in a while.

JerseyBoy on Sep 26, 2012


I''ll give you a +1, but all I can say is yeah maybe. The last movie was pretty good, but I get this impression from interviews that they thought it was better than it was. I can see whichever director they do pick, eventually quitting due to studio interference

Richie G on Sep 26, 2012


Jeff Nichols? I'd be down with that. Reeves sounds good too. But Rupert Wyatt should've returned.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Sep 26, 2012


Bargain basement directors.

Dizz on Sep 27, 2012


I'm with everyone else on this one. This sould've been Rupert's baby since it was his vision. These studios suck mad #$@!

Chad on Sep 29, 2012

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