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He’s done teen drama, giant monsters and vampires, but now get ready for Matt Reeves to add “ape revolution” to his resume. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director of Cloverfield and Let Me In has been selected by Fox to helm Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the 2011 hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Rupert Wyatt, who directed the first film, reportedly exited the project because the announced May 2014 release date wouldn’t allow for enough production time. Reeves topped the shortlist of potential replacements that made the rounds last week.
After penning movies like Under Siege 2: Dark Territory and The Pallbearer, Reeves hooked up with J.J. Abrams and created the beloved television drama Felicity. He eventually moved on to directing Drew Goddard’s script for Cloverfield and both writing and directing Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In.
His projects tend to focus on the people as much as the fantastical elements, which seems to make him a solid choice for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.