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Matt Reeves to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Matt Reeves directs Let Me In

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER Cloverfield filmmaker Matt Reeves has won the race to direct Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

The film is the keenly-anticipated sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which took $481m (£298m) at the world-wide box office.

Reeves will replace Rupert Wyatt, who oversaw the first film, and who is reported to have withdrawn from the sequel once 20th Century Fox decided to accelerate production on the sequel with a view to having it ready for release in May 2014.

Wyatt thought this posed an unrealistic time-frame to do the film justice.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Reeves won out against stiff competition from the likes of Guillermo del Toro, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Take Shelter‘s Jeff Nichols.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will follow the ape Caesar (portrayed by Andy Serkis in the first film) as he begins to assemble the building blocks of ape civilisation after the climactic events of the first film.

Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are currently writing the script.

Reeves most recent film was Let Me In, a remake of the acclaimed Swedish vampire drama, Let The Right One In.

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