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Rupert Wyatt may drop directing duties on the sequel for Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Sep. 17, 2012by: Niki Stephens

With word that Fox CEO Tom Rothman is stepping down, it seems that he might be taking RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES director, Rupert Wyatt with him.

They didn't have a pact or anything, insiders state that Wyatt was uncomfortable slapping something together and getting it ready by May 23, 2014. Fair enough.

Why would Fox let go of such a good thing? The coupling of Wyatt and the first film worked so well. The studio likes the script that Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver turned in, which will have the apes taking full control. What to do now? Will they find someone else to take the job if he really does drop the project? Or will they try to get new head, Jim Gianopulos to woo Wyatt back? Unless they bend on that release date it may not be likely.

A film like this does certainly need some time to get right, especially with so many special effects (mainly mo-cap) involved. Wyatt had to drop helming duties on LONDONGRAD for the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES sequel. LONDONGRAD stars Michael Fassbender as, "Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB spy who was poisoned in 2006 with polonium-210." This is probably also his way of getting back at them, or not since it was his decision. Regardless on whether he takes the sequel, Wyatt still has a job directing AGENT 13 with Charlize Theron. Good on him.

Source: Deadline

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3:47AM on 09/18/2012
As much as I loved TROTPOTA, I'd much rather have Mr. Wyatt write and direct again. All this talk of the man and no mention of his masterpiece debut; The Escapist. If that's what happens when he adapts his own work, I say let the man do his own work.
As much as I loved TROTPOTA, I'd much rather have Mr. Wyatt write and direct again. All this talk of the man and no mention of his masterpiece debut; The Escapist. If that's what happens when he adapts his own work, I say let the man do his own work.
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1:54AM on 09/18/2012
"Fox: We fuck things up for money."

'Rise' was one of my favorite movies of last year. Wyatt put together a really fresh, coherent, and energetic film, where it seems every shot and movement of the camera was done with considerable forethought. And Andy Serkis (who is the star of the film, Franco is the subplot) deserved at least a nomination for his mesmerizing performance.

Hey Fox, see the time, space, and respect that Warner Bros. gave to Chris Nolan after he surprised everyone
"Fox: We fuck things up for money."

'Rise' was one of my favorite movies of last year. Wyatt put together a really fresh, coherent, and energetic film, where it seems every shot and movement of the camera was done with considerable forethought. And Andy Serkis (who is the star of the film, Franco is the subplot) deserved at least a nomination for his mesmerizing performance.

Hey Fox, see the time, space, and respect that Warner Bros. gave to Chris Nolan after he surprised everyone with Batman Begins? Try that with Wyatt, and who knows maybe you'll be $2 Billion and a few Oscars richer for it.
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1:53AM on 09/18/2012
Hope they find a good replacement and not get caught up in typical Fox-style money grubbing. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was such a good film, saw it again on Blu-Ray and Wyatt's direction was astounding. It really made it look special, and I'm glad this was such an unexpected success. Looking forward to even better from the sequel - so don't screw up a good thing, Fox!
Hope they find a good replacement and not get caught up in typical Fox-style money grubbing. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was such a good film, saw it again on Blu-Ray and Wyatt's direction was astounding. It really made it look special, and I'm glad this was such an unexpected success. Looking forward to even better from the sequel - so don't screw up a good thing, Fox!
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12:56AM on 09/18/2012
Give the job to Andy Serkis.
Give the job to Andy Serkis.
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11:05PM on 09/17/2012
I would like for Fox to not be stupid and let him come, this was one of my favorite movies of last year, let the man work.
I would like for Fox to not be stupid and let him come, this was one of my favorite movies of last year, let the man work.
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10:24PM on 09/17/2012
Typical Fox rushing things to production to meet some "prime summer date". It's a miracle that X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes turned out so well, given the extremely limited time the crews had to complete and market the movies. Hopefully, the new guy'll give him the space Rupert needs.
Typical Fox rushing things to production to meet some "prime summer date". It's a miracle that X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes turned out so well, given the extremely limited time the crews had to complete and market the movies. Hopefully, the new guy'll give him the space Rupert needs.
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