Matt Reeves to Direct PLANET OF THE APES 3; In Talks to Co-Write with Mark Bomback

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20th Century Fox appears to be very happy with how the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel is turning out under the direction of Matt Reeves.  The Let Me In filmmaker is now set to take the helm of the untitled third Planet of the Apes film in this new prequel trilogy, which will follow directly after this summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Reeves stepped in to take the helm of Dawn when Rise director Rupert Wyatt departed the project over creative differences.  The follow-up takes place 15 years after the events of the first film and finds Caesar (Andy Serkis) attempting to assert his dominance over the apes while a small human colony struggles to survive in San Francisco.

Hit the jump for more on Planet of the Apes 3, including the possibility of Reeves having a hand in the screenplay. 

dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-caesarPer Deadline, Reeves is not only set to direct Planet of the Apes 3 but is also in talks to co-write the screenplay alongside Mark Bomback (The Wolverine), who rewrote Dawn of the Planet of the Apes when Reeves came onboard.  The directing deal is already done, and the studio is keen on moving forward with Apes 3 sooner rather than later so the filmmaker will likely be moving directly from one film to the other.  The first follow-up is led by a cast that includes Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Gary Oldman, and the film’s first teaser trailer was an incredibly promising look into where Reeves has taken the franchise.

Reeves got his start as the co-creator of the TV series Felicity with J.J. Abrams and made his feature directorial debut with 2008’s Cloverfield.  He has been attached to a number of interesting projects over the past couple of years, including This Dark Endeavor, but it appears that he’ll be tied up with the Apes franchise for the foreseeable future.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 2D and 3D on July 11th.

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  • axalon

    Yessss go Matt!

  • axalon

    Yessss go Matt!

  • Randle McMurphy

    Why do studios keep letting us know about these sequels before the movie that comes before them is even in theaters?

    • jack

      Because the studio liked what they’ve seen of Dawn and wanted to lock Reeves up to do the sequel. They let us know because they probably had to issue a press release about the deal.

    • jack

      Because the studio liked what they’ve seen of Dawn and wanted to lock Reeves up to do the sequel. They let us know because they probably had to issue a press release about the deal.

    • Jason Richards

      They probably tested the movie and he it scored highly with test audiences, so they felt confident in moving forward with a sequel.

      • Robby Richmond

        I doubt its tested yet, too Much CG required in post. But as Ive just mentioned, they know when its gone well in production. No stories of re-shoots (X-Men Future past, World War Z, Another Earth all had them after an assembly cut), they are common in Hollywood but when they have to throw money at them ( as the 3 examples I’ve given) it normally means trouble is brewing. (though potentially salvageable, like WWZ)

    • Robby Richmond

      Most studio execs and the director, producers etc. know when they’ve got a great movie and they normally know they’ve got an awesome movie when they see an assembly cut ( probably formed back in November). The execs are soon looking at expansion quickly after that.

      The last Apes movie had good press but not much press, expect this one to get mega press starting from the Superbowl onwards.

      • jack

        Read the Deadline story…they showed it to execs at Fox and they really liked what they saw so they locked him into a deal…also re-shoots are kind of the norm nowadays (Marvel even accounts for them in the original budget). WWZ had a lot of other problems besides the re-shoots.

      • Robby Richmond

        didnt i just say that?

      • aer

        lol basically. He just points out the actual story that’s out there but you just talked about the basic principle.

      • jack

        Read the Deadline story…they showed it to execs at Fox and they really liked what they saw so they locked him into a deal…also re-shoots are kind of the norm nowadays (Marvel even accounts for them in the original budget). WWZ had a lot of other problems besides the re-shoots.

    • Leo Spaceman

      I know right! I was shocked to find out that there is more to the story of the Planet of the Apes than just these two films that have come out in the past few years.

  • Randle McMurphy

    Why do studios keep letting us know about these sequels before the movie that comes before them is even in theaters?

  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    These aren’t prequels fella.

  • The Flobbit

    I really loved Rupert Wyatt’s slick, breezy, stylish direction. Why not bring him back for the sequel?

    • Leo Spaceman

      In general with tent pole films, the masses don’t choose a movie based on the director. We Collidernaut’s tend to demand a little more from the movie studios but in general the movie that sells the ticket to the average person is the movie that is the most recognizable and since there aren’t a ton of directors that drive the people to the theater’s, the studios have the upper hand in pretty much every negotiation.

      I mean for f**ks sake they replaced both Vincent Chase and James Cameron with Jake Gyllenhal and Michael Bay and still probably made money.

      • The Flobbit

        I really try to think the best of the masses. I think we underestimate them, and that they DO actually care about who is directing. Also, if they don’t care about direction…they won’t care if Wyatt is brought back in.

        P.S. What movie are you referring to with Chase and Cameron?

      • Leo Spaceman

        AquaMan 2. It was a joke from Entourage. I didn’t think many people would get it.

        Also my faith in the masses was officially declared dead when Grown Ups 2 beat Pacific Rim at the box office. Proof of the masses f**k up there is the rumor of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: return of the lard.

        And I agree people care certain directors, but if it isn’t a popular director the studio can just choose to not put the name on the poster in big bold letters. Yes Man of Steel was sold as a Nolan film, but Thor wasn’t sold as a Branaugh film.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I realize my error with the statement could be misconstrued as Nolan directing Man of Steel now. But it helps to prove a point that its all about selling a recognizable name because his name was more prominent that Snyder’s name in the marketing campaign.

        Also I do in general reading your comments and debating with you on this site. We seem to be similarly minded and use full arguments and thoughts when discussing movies and shows. But enough of the camaraderie. I’m right, and you’re a Stupid Fat Flobbit.

      • The Flobbit

        Indeed, we are indeed similarly minded, and you are often a pleasure to debate with, as you use capitals, punctuations, and grammar, and
        Do not
        type
        like THIS…

      • The Flobbit

        When Grown Ups 2 beat Pacific Rim…I nearly cried. What a waste of money; you’re only encouraging Sandler and Co. But have you considered that they hyped Nolan not as a director, but because people liked his movies, and they were famous. Branagh is a fantastic director, but not many people are huge fans of his movies.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I think you just said the same thing I said. Nolan is a selling point so they sold the film on his name. Branagh is not a selling point so they did not. Both movies were successful, so to the studio, they can change the director and still sell the movie. Though I agree that a director change can be bad, just look at KickAss 2 (which got substantially better when rewatched and accepted that it is a different directors film.) I am a huge Mathew Vaughn fan and was disappointed to here Brian Singer was coming back to direct because that means Vaughn was gone and First Class was my favorite X-men film, I mean they have Bacon for F**ks sake. Who doesn’t love Bacon.

      • Robby Richmond

        I sat there for 2 whole minutes trying to remember that reference. I thought so hard I pooped a little.

    • GunzOfNavarone

      In short, Wyatt didn’t feel he could direct his vision of dawn of the apes in the time frame the studio wanted, so he left. They did offer it to him though. It was his choice to bale.

      • The Flobbit

        I guess if you bail as a director, you better do it for something good. Wyatt has some promising projects coming up in life.

  • The Flobbit

    I really loved Rupert Wyatt’s slick, breezy, stylish direction. Why not bring him back for the sequel?

  • Mekt_Ranzz

    For the 3rd film, I hope they stick to the plot, and most especially, the stunning and unexpected ending, of Pierre Boulle’s “Planet of the Apes” novel. If Matt Reeves hasn’t read it, he really really should.

    • The Flobbit

      It’s not unexpected anymore. The twist ending is most certainly known to Reeves, and worse, to the vast majority of the populace. It even turned up on the Blu-ray cover!

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