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26 September 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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So it was rumoured, so it has – unfortunately – come to pass. Rupert Wyatt is officially off Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts is meeting with possible replacements. Squatting on the list of potential candidates? Matt Reeves, J. Blakeson, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Jeff Nichols and some chancer named Guillermo del Toro.

Despite his experience with creatures and effects, we’d have to put GDT at the longest shot simply because he’s already too busy doing other things. While he has shown a supernatural ability to multi-task and likes nothing more than loading his project buffet plate with tasty goodies, he’s got to finish Pacific Rim, work on the pilot for the Strain TV series and produce a myriad of other movies. So while we won’t count the workaholic out just yet, consider him an outside chance.

As for the rest, Reeves is a likely fit, as, a packed development slate aside, he’s just dropped out of making the new Twilight Zone film for Warners and has a gap in his schedule. He’s definitely got the background and attention to detail an Apes film would demand, but he also may choose to do other things.

Blakeson and Nichols might not have the big scale background, but don’t forget that Wyatt had made exactly one movie – The Escapist – when he was hired for Rise. So a limited blockbuster CV isn’t necessarily a hindrance here. Juan Antonio Bayona and Fresnadillo are both solid possibilities, depending on their schedules.

One other name mentioned (even as Deadline’s report has his agent denying he’s even considering it) is Looper’s Rian Johnson. We definitely don't see him taking on a franchise sequel, particularly given the healthy buzz his first foray into sci-fi is garnering.

But with that May 23, 2014 release date scampering forward like a rebellious simian, expect an announcement to be made soon. Any of the names above would be a fair shout, but which would you pick? 


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RE: Fox Searching For New Apes Director
Neil Blomkamp would be a good fit for this I think, but I don't know how his schedule looks, should be in post on Elysium. More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:15 on 27 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fox Searching For New Apes Director
Only trouble wih those two is they'd never get the certificate rating that the studio wants. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 11:16 on 27 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Fox Searching For New Apes Director
As with all films it should be Verhoven or Cronenberg! More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 16:55 on 26 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Ridley
Not a bad call afterall he's getting some experience at it on The Hobbit. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:50 on 26 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Ridley
I agree with tolkienerd - Andy Serkis would be good. More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 11:02 on 26 September 2012 | Report This Post

What about Ridley Scott?? He would make a classic Ape movie. More

Posted by Odgers at 10:56 on 26 September 2012 | Report This Post

How about...
Len Wiseman or Paul W. S. Anderson anyone? ........I'm joking! I'm joking! More

Posted by El-Branden Brazil at 09:53 on 26 September 2012 | Report This Post

Surely Andy Serkis should direct it. He's going to be on set anyway and now has some experience of directing a big special effects movie. More

Posted by tolkienerd at 08:11 on 26 September 2012 | Report This Post

Okay you've twisted my arm, I'll do it. More

Posted by Whistler at 07:41 on 26 September 2012 | Report This Post

"Damn you all to hell!" (Okay, I'm overreacting)
I'm saddened to hear that Rupert Wyatt is off the sequel, he did a superb job on Rise and he will be a tough act to follow. The ape revolution is essentially a hairier version of the zombie apocalypse so any director that did a good zombie movie would be a good choice. Matt Reeves is on a bit of a roll with Cloverfield and then Let Me In - both creature features. He would be the frontrunner for me at the moment. More

Posted by BenTramer at 07:29 on 26 September 2012 | Report This Post

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