20th Century Fox will release Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in cinemas on 17th July, but it seems that the studio are more than happy with Matt Reeves’ (Cloverfield, Let Me In) directing skills, and have signed him to return to direct the third instalment.
Reeves took over directing the sequel to Rupert Wyatt’s superb Rise of the Planet of the Apes, after Wyatt left over creative differences. Now Fox have secured Reeves to direct the third film, and Fox are making the next Apes film a priority. This would likely mean that Reeves will move straight on to directing the third film his Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is complete.
Fox are also working out a deal for Reeves to write the third film, along with Mark Bomback (The Wolverine). Bomback rewrote Dawn of the Planet of the Apes once Reeves replaced Wyatt.
The third Planet of the Apes is currently untitled and Chernin Entertainment will return as producers along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The Planet of the Apes franchise is a major priority for Fox after the 2011 reboot overperformed at the box office grossing $482 million while also receiving very favourable reviews.
Here are all the details, and the glorious trailer, for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:
Andy Serkis, celebrated for his performance in the last film, reprises his role as Caesar. Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter franchise), Keri Russell (“The Americans,” Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, ParaNorman), Enrique Murciano (Traffic, Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line), and Judy Greer (The Descendants, Three Kings, 13 Going on 30) also star.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In). The producers are Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion), Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Tom Hammel (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is executive producing.
Oscar-winning visual effects house WETA Digital – employing a new generation of the cutting edge performance capture technologies developed for Rise of the Apes and Avatar – will again render photo-realistic, emotionally-engaging apes. The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Michael Seresin, production designer James Chinland, and VFX Supervisors Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon, VFX producers Ryan Stafford, editor Bill Hoy and Stan Salfas, and costume designer Melissa Brunning.
Twentieth Century Fox will release Dawn of the Planet of the Apes worldwide on 11th July 2014.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.