From the guy that gave us Cloverfield and Let Me In.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was perhaps the most pleasant surprise of 2011. The fact that someone took the Planet of the Apes franchise and gave it a very loving reboot instead of the tripe Tim Burton made a decade earlier was pretty much a shock to everyone. A lot of that was due to director Rupert Wyatt. His eye for story telling was first and foremost in the Rise and Andy Serkis giving a hell of a performance as Cesar sealed the deal.
But with the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes being set for 2014, Wyatt felt that there wasn’t enough time to make a proper sequel (so he says) and left the project. Today, Matt Reeves takes his place as director to the new Apes series. Reeves, who left Warner Bros Twilight Zone film last week, is best known as the director of Cloverfield and Let Me In. I thoroughly enjoyed his remake of Let the Right One In, Let Me In. More so than the original (take that Internet!) Seeing what he did with Let Me In, I have no doubt he’ll do fine as the director on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
So far, only Serkis is returning as Cesar, and where things go from here, we’ll have to wait and see.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens May 24th, 2014