Matt Reeve’s resumé currently includes movies about an alien monster terrorizing New York City and a child vampire wreaking havoc on a small town. Now, he can add an army of highly intelligent primates declaring war on the human race.
According to Deadline, Reeves is finalizing a deal to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to last year’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He will be replacing Rupert Wyatt as the director to the recent reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise. Wyatt reportedly decided against directing the sequel due to concerns about it’s impending release date, which 20th Century Fox said would be May 23, 2014. Reeves is no stranger to the sci-fi genere, he was the man behind the shaky camera in Cloverfield and the vampire thriller Let Me In.
In the new Planet of the Apes films, Andy Serkis took on the iconic role of Caesar. Caesar is the head ape who is leading the rest of the primates into battle with the humans who have done them wrong. To film Serkis as the intelligent primate, they used performance-capture, providing Caesar with more human-like movement. Serkis has agreed to reprise his role for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. So far there has been no word if James Franco or Freida Pinto have decided to reprise their roles.