Wednesday, October 03, 2012

New Direction For New Apes

The last time we talked about the sequel to the 2011 surprise (though not to me) hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes was nearly a year ago, when I noted that star Andy Serkis had signed to reprise super-chimp Caesar, and that scenarists Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and director Rupert Wyatt were all roped in for sequel duties. Well, there's one change to that lineup as of this week, with Wyatt exiting due to difficulties meeting the Memorial Day, 2014 release date. Stepping into this breach is director Matt Reeves, who first came to prominence a few years ago with Cloverfield (though producer JJ Abrams seemed to take the lion's share of accolades for that) and last year's under-the-radar vampire flick Let Me In, and is now going to shepherd Caesar through the next stage of his journey.

I have to be honest in saying that really I hoped Wyatt would remain involved, as he brought a relatable veracity to the proceedings last time, and he had some interesting ideas for where to take the sequel (now titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes*), and I would have liked to see them come to fruition. Also in the back of my mind, the previous Apes series suffered badly from musical directors' chairs, with four directors over five movies. All that said, I do think Reeves is a fine choice, and I certainly don't think he's a step down from Wyatt. With Reeves locked in and production set to commence shortly, I'm sure we'll have a lot more to discuss about Dawn of the Planet of the Planet of the Apes as its May 23, 2014 release gets closer.

*  Anyone else find that title a bit redundant? Rise of the Planet of the Apes followed immediately by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Is the next one going to be Awakening of the Planet of the Apes?

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