Matt Reeves Signs On to Direct Another ‘Planet of the Apes’ Prequel

By January 8, 2014

Matt Reeves

Here’s good news for fans of the growing Planet of the Apes prequel series, as director Matt Reeves has already signed on to direct the third film in the franchise, despite the fact that his first foray into the series (that’s the second film in the series) hasn’t even hit theaters yet. Sounds like Reeves’ first crack at the franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has some fans around 20th Century Fox. Hopefully, that excitement will translate to its burgeoning fanbase.

Deadline reports that Reeves’ cut of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has just begun screening around the studio, and it seems like the director’s work has been rewarded with a continuation of the series. Reeves will direct and help pen the script for the as-yet-untitled (Lunchtime of the Planet of the Apes?) alongside Mark Bomback, who wrote the script for Dawn with Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver (Jaffa and Silver are, of course, the duo who first brought the series back to life with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as directed by Rupert Wyatt in 2011).


Little is known about this third film as of now, but Deadline posits that Reeves might begin work on it immediately, so we’ll likely be hearing more information about it soon (and we suspect that Reeves and Bomback will spend plenty of press time not only promoting Dawn, but answering questions about the next installment).

The next film in the series picks up after the events of Rise, though there is little cast crossover. Andy Serkis is reprising his motion-capture work as head ape Caesar, who ended the final film by breaking out of his lab (and breaking James Franco’s heart), pulling together an army, waging war on humankind, and apparently learning to speak in the meantime. The new film stars Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell and will reportedly see the few human survivors facing off with Caesar’s formidable army. Wonder how this one will turn out!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will open on July 11, 2014.

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Kate Erbland
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