Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
First Look At Jessica Chastain In Crimson Peak
She's dressed to impress
True Story Trailer Arrives
James Franco has a tale to tell
Bill Murray Will Sing As Baloo For The Jungle Book
He knows the Bare Necessities
New American Sniper Trailer Online
Bradley Cooper shoots to kill
Tak3n Becomes A 12A
Bryan Mills adds 'killing with kindness' to his skills...
Anthony Mackie Will Make A Wish
He's set for a new comedy
Robert Rodriguez Officially Set For Fire And Ice
Sony has bought the project
The Martian Script Goes Interstellar
Exclusive look at Ridley Scott’s space-bound artwork
Podcast #142: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Tim Burton
Featuring The Interview(s)
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 December 2014
New Star Trek 3 Directors Shortlist
Rupert Wyatt and Justin Lin in the frame
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011)
Empire Star Rating
The Escapist (2008)
Empire Star Rating
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Rupert Wyatt Leaving Apes Sequel?
Rumours have him ditching Dawn

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

submit to reddit

There’s been no official confirmation yet, and the details are still up in the air (which means we’re filing this strictly into Rumour Control) but word arrives that Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt has decided to escape from captivity and pass on making sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

If it’s true – and Deadline is reporting he’s off because he’s concerned about maintaining quality while having the film ready for May 23, 2014 – then it’s a surprise, as he’s been the only man confirmed for the big chair since Rise became a hit last year. The truth, we suspect, is still out there.

20th Century Fox has been ploughing ahead with development on this one, ensnaring the services of performance capture expert Andy Serkis and hiring Scott Z Burns to work up a first draft, then setting original writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to produce further versions.

Even if he is off, Wyatt has plenty of keep him occupied – he’s attached to Agent 13, which has Charlize Theron looking to star, and had been courted to make Londongrad by Warners, which he iced when he agreed to return to make Rise. More on this as we get it.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Activision Announces 007 Legends
UPDATE: All movies now revealed
Arrested Development S4 Extended?
Update: More episodes will be shot!

Your Comments

Hmmmm, it's a shame if he does leave, but then again I can't say there was a specific moment in the film where the direction struck me as something special. The impending release date seems like an odd excuse though, it's a year and a half from now, which seems plenty of time as the script was commissioned pretty much opening weekend. More

Posted by clarkkent at 11:12 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

remake of Battle?
leading to a remake of the original for Apes 3? More

Posted by jackcarter at 08:21 on 18 September 2012 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Review Of 2014: The 15 Best Cameos Of The Year
Our favourite one-scene movie-stealers

8 Things You Can Learn From The BFI's Star Wars Exhibition
The original crawl, a 'grotesque' villain and a very different princess

Review Of The Year: 40 Worst Posters Of 2014
One-sheets that you'd rather not have on your wall

Hobbit Q&As: Ian McKellen On Finally Saying Goodbye And Farewell To Gandalf The Grey
Read our exclusive Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies interviews

Review Of 2014: The Best TV Moments Of The Year
We celebrate the small screen's biggest scenes

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)