Matt Reeves Already Hired for the Third 'Planet of the Apes' Prequel

January 7, 2014
Source: Deadline

Matt Reeves

We won't get to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, until this summer, but the teaser trailer from last month gave us a good amount to be excited about. And 20th Century Fox must be happy with the work that Let Me In and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has been doing because Deadline reports the filmmaker just signed to direct the third film in this prequel series to the classic Planet of the Apes franchise that started in 1968. In addition, Reeves will also write the script with prequel-sequel scribe Mark Bomback, and will shoot shortly after the second film is finished.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes debuts on July 11th this summer, and features a group of humans (Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee and more), survivors of a Simian flu outbreak, who come into contact with Caesar and his evolved ape army. The teaser hints at some sort of face-off brewing between the apes and humans, but we're not sure how everything will pan out. So therefore, we won't really know what to anticipate in a third prequel until the second one hits theaters. Maybe we could see some sort of credits tease similar to the one that played out in Rise of the Planet of the Apes? We'll see what happens.

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I don't understand, why get him signed back on already? Is it cheaper to do it now than after the movie is released and deemed successful, I guess?

OfficialJab on Jan 7, 2014


Happy for Reeves.

Xerxexx on Jan 7, 2014


I've always seen this as more of a reboot series as opposed to a prequel series....considering that it could be debated that the original film series was cyclical and sequels involved time travel that resulted in sequels that were also prequels that caused the 'end' of the series to lead into the beginning of the series.

Chris Groves on Jan 7, 2014


Well the whole original series is a giant paradox, if that is what you mean by "cyclical".

Brian Sleider on Jan 8, 2014


Sure, I'm far from hardcore in my knowledge of the original films and how they tied together. I just more-so have an issue with this being called a "prequel series" as it's more of a re-imagining in my eyes, I don't think they intend to lead directly into and set-up the original film/films with this series.

Chris Groves on Jan 9, 2014


Yeh Its not a prequel, it was never meant to be, not sure why people refer to it as such. It is a full reboot. They will move on to "planet" at some point, In rise one of the news casts talks about a ship lost in space, 2 guesses how that plays out in future movies.

Brian Sleider on Jan 10, 2014


Awesome for Reeves. He is skilled and needs to be in the film universe more often.

DAVIDPD on Jan 7, 2014


So will movie 4 be "Planet"? They already have the seeds planted from Rise with the space ship being lost.

Brian Sleider on Jan 8, 2014

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