Well, this news is something of a mixed bag. Not because it is terribly bad, but because I don’t think it’s really necessary. It’s like trading an apple for an apple.
Rupert Wyatt, director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is not going to helm the sequel. This has been known for a little while. What was just announced today is that Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) is taking over the gig.
I feel that Wyatt did a phenomenal job with a film that everyone thought would suck balls. In fact, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the best movies last summer, better than Super 8 and at least on par with X-Men: First Class. It was expected that he would return for the sequel, but he didn’t think he could make the deadline the studio imposed on him. Enter Matt Reeves.
I really dug Cloverfield a lot and the re-make Let Me In was almost as good as the original Swedish film Let the Right One In. Reeves, I think, is the best choice to take on this project. I am really looking forward to this. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will once again star Andy Serkis as Caesar, who was robbed of an Oscar for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It is due to open May 23, 2014.