As we reported earlier, Rupert Wyatt has dropped out of directing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and some new names have emerged as to who will take over the franchise. The top contender for the job is Matt Reeves, who recently dropped out of directing a new version of The Twilight Zone for Warner Bros.
Reeves is best known for directing the J.J. Abrams produced Cloverfield and Let Me In, the remake of the Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In. Other possible candidates include; Juan Antonio Bayona who directed The Impossible, J Blakeson, director of The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Jeff Nichols director of Mud, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo of 28 Weeks Later. Rounding out the list are the better known directors Rian Johnson of Looper and Guillermo Del Toro of Hellboy. Whoever is chosen will mark the seventh director in franchise’s history.
The film has a completed script, penned by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the writers of Rise of Planet of The Apes. Before Wyatt’s departure he hinted that Dawn would take place eight years after the first film. Even more clues about the plot of Dawn exist in Rise, such as the credits sequence which seemed to imply a global pandemic and the spaceship Ikarus from the original 1968 Apes film.