Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes director shortlist

News Simon Brew
26 Sep 2012 - 06:25

Guillermo del Toro and Rian Johnson are apparently on Fox's shortlist for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes...

Given just how well Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes turned out, the news that director Rupert Wyatt was walking away from the follow up - Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - was disappointing. It was the tightness of the schedule, apparently, that led to Wyatt quitting the project, and Fox has thus been trying to find a new director for the film.

Well, it seems that a shortlist is coming together.

Two particularly interesting names on it are Guillermo del Toro, who is still at work on next summer's Pacific Rim, and Rian Johnson, whose new film, Looper, is both brilliant and heading to cinemas this week.

Other names on there include Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), J Blakeson (The Disappearance Of Alice Creed), Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) and Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In).

The running favourite apparently is Reeves, although it's interesting that Fox has come up with a list that's full of directors capable of making strong films on comparably low budgets. Furthermore, each has made a film with strong human beings at its heart. No apes involved, though.

An announcement is likely soon, given that work will need to start soon. After all, even though Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes isn't set for release until summer 2014, there's an awful lot of post-production work that'll need doing.

More news on this one as we get it.


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