Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Directors "Rise" To Take Over "Apes" Sequel

Since Rupert Wyatt will not be directing the upcoming sequel "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes", the studio has compiled a short list of potential replacements says Deadline.

Matt Reeves is at the top of the list with J Blakeson Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Jeff Nichols Guillermo del Toro and Juan Antonio Bayona are also under consideration.

Does the fact Reeves is no longer attached to work on the new the Twilight Zone movie--according to Variety--over scheduling conflicts mean anything??

The film will continue the action from last year's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. As human society contiues collapsing after a viral outbreak and the highly intelligent simians now free, the story will follow the apes on their path to emerge as society’s new rulers.

Wyatt chose not to return reportedly due to the fact that the director wasn't comfortable with making the May 23rd 2014 release date the studio had announced.

Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver are said to have turned in a script which the studio has warmed up to--after "Contagion" scribe Scott Z. Burns took a crack at it.

The pic is being readied in time to make that date. It's expected the studio and producers Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will quickly anounce a replacement.

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