Rupert Wyatt‘s Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathed fresh life into the franchise by making the reboot easily accessible to newcomers, placing an emphasis on characters, and even though the story scaled back the social commentaries featured in the original saga, the film was still engrossing and fun. Wyatt didn’t return for the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but director Matt Reeves took the foundation of Rise and built it into one of the best movies of 2014.
Wyatt wanted to do Dawn, but he felt Fox’s summer 2014 release date didn’t give him enough time, so he stepped down, and decided to do the drama The Gambler instead. At that film’s press day, Steve asked Wyatt for his thoughts on Reeves’ movie and what he would have done differently. Hit the jump for more.