Matt Reeves to direct third Planet Of The Apes movie

News Ryan Lambie 8 Jan 2014 - 06:39

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes director Reeves is said to have already signed up for a sequel to 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes...

Simian takeover sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes isn't due to swing into cinemas until this summer, yet news has already snuck out of Hollywood about the third film in Fox's revived franchise.

It's said that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, who took over from outgoing filmmaker Rupert Wyatt on the follow-up to 2011's hit Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, will return for a second, as-yet unnamed sequel.

Now clearly, the actual shooting of Planet Of The Apes 3 is highly dependent on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' box office reception, but the fact that Reeves has been retained so early could be taken as a good omen. The story goes that the deal was done after Reeves screened an early cut of the finished footage, which suggests that Fox's higher-ups are impressed with what he's created so far.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes picks up its predecessor's story some eight years in the future, where the burgeoning smart ape empire faces a war with human survivors of the first film's devastating simian virus. It promises to be a marked change of pace from Rise, a prison break drama with a superb digitally-captured performance from Andy Serkis at its core.

Serkis is back for Dawn, and this time he's joined by the great Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is out on the 17th July in the UK.

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