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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Reeves obviously has a window in his schedule.

A very interesting list but I'm concerned that this film could end up becoming pro-human propaganda. I'd like to see an ape direct it, y'know, for balance and fairness...

On that list, it HAS to be Rian Johnson surely? Cloverfield was rubbish and Let Me In ruined a great story that had been told in a far better way. Let The Right One In was a film that had kids who happened to be vampires, Let Me In was about vampires who happened to be kids.

only 1 choice for me and that GDT we would get some great creatures then

Matt Reeves has left production on The Twilight Zone movie, so maybe this is why

I would see a Planet of the Apes movie directed by any of the people on that list. Actually, I want to see a Planet of the Apes movie from ALL of them.

Surely going down the Ape route will equally lend itself to a piece of biased anti-human vitriol. For a completely neutral and informed view, may I suggest an aardvark director.

That was pretty much what I was thinking, Cloverfield was hardly outstanding or original, but solidly done for what it was. If it's Reeves he'll have to do better than just copying other films.

Anyone who remembers the ill-fated 'New-wave Aardvark' explosion of the early-eighties will know this is a bad idea. I've heard Ocelots have developed a keen cinematic eye through a quirk of evolution so my moneys on them.

Yes you rightly highlight the false start that the French Aardvark New Wave had, but completely fail to reference the much larger, and much more successful Second New Wave Taiwanese Aardvark movement. Indeed many Ocelots freely admit to being inspired to undertake a Film Direction career by this group of radical young Aardvarks. Ocelots will ALWAYS be a pale imitation of good solid Aardvarkal direction.

Yes you rightly highlight the false start that the French Aardvark New Wave had, but completely fail to reference the much larger, and much more successful Second New Wave Taiwanese Aardvark movement. Indeed many Ocelots freely admit to being inspired to undertake a Film Direction career by this group of radical young Aardvarks. Ocelots will ALWAYS be a pale imitation of good solid Aardvarkal direction.

I loved Cloverfield, but your assessment of LTROI and its remake are spot on.

All great options, can't see a single one who's here purely for their popularity. That said, I would love to have a Central-American tapir director imported in, but I'm not sure people will be prepared for the brutal neo-realism of the Tapir movement (I know I'm late for the animal thing, just let me do this)!

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