Following last week’s dream list of filmmakers touted for the director’s chair on Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Matt Reeves has now been confirmed as the man for the job. If you recall, the project suffered the loss of original director Rupert Wyatt not too long ago. He left after fearing that he would be unable to deliver the completed film by the imposed studio deadline.
Reeves has the clout to bring his unique skills to the Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes after the successes of Cloverfield and Let Me In. Both of those titles delved into sci-fi/horror subject matter (monster take over, vampires) usually tackled on a major scale by focusing on the characters at the heart of those stories.
This latest instalment has the potential to continue on that trend of placing the audience into the story through its characters as opposed to massive set pieces. And the use of hand-held found footage wouldn’t go amiss either.
After beating out several major competitors announced on the shortlist including Rian Johnson (Looper), Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders), Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossibles) and J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), Reeves has got his work cut out for him.
Set to return is Andy Serkis and the writers from the original film, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, have submitted a script the studio are pleased with. Fox is confident in their hiring choice as the production is full steam ahead with a scheduled release date of May 23rd, 2014.
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Source: Cinema Blend