It appears that 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment are quite happy with Matt Reeves’ first cut of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so much so, that he’ll be at the helm of the third film as well. Deadline has reported that the director of Cloverfield and Let Me In has signed on to direct the third installment of the franchise. This time, Reeves will also be co-writing the screenplay with Mark Bomback (The Wolverine), who also penned Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
It is said that Reeves will be moving right into the third film, which has become a high priority for 20th Century Fox. His contract has been locked in, with the writers’ contracts to still be finalized. The fact that the studio is happy to continue with Reeves as quickly as possible does provide confidence in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which released an impressive teaser trailer last month.
Official synopsis for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.
They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo, Toby Kebbell, Enrique Murciano, and Judy Greer.
Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In).
ETA: USA – 11 July, 2014.