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Would you want any of the directors on this short-list to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

09.26.2012

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is coming, and the world of science fiction/action films is a better place for it.  And as Fox is wanting to get this puppy (ape?) moving as quickly as possible, a short-list of directors has emerged to take over for RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES director Rupert Wyatt (who was concerned about making the already-chosen release date). I'll list off the names Fox is look at for you, and then we can get on with breaking down the possibilities.

Matt Reeves (CLOVERFIELD, LET ME IN), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER), J. Blakeson (THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED), Jeff Nichols (TAKE SHELTER, MUD), Juane Antonio Bayona (THE IMPOSSIBLE, THE ORPHANAGE), and Guillermo Del Toro.  It's also rumored that Fox is look at Rian Johnson (LOOPER), but Johnson's reps have denied that he is part of the equation.

Reeves is probably the most likely possibility, having a balanced history of both large-scale event work and smaller character-driven work (tinged with horror).  He was last attached to THE TWILIGHT ZONE but has since exited that project.  Fresnadillo is still set to do the HIGHLANDER remake/reboot, so he's probably out unless he gets offered some truly amazing deal (he set a bit of a "leaving precedent" with THE CROW and BIOSHOCK before this).  Blakeson, Nichols, and Bayona are interesting choices in that they all have backgrounds in the thriller/horror genres, with stories that tred some very dark ground.  Bayona is the only one of the three to have had experience working with a big production that integrated the use of large-scale special effects (THE IMPOSSIBLE), so he's probably the dark horse possibility.  Which leaves Del Toro, a man so busy trying to get his own stuff made it's foolish to think he'd take up the second chapter in someone else's saga.  But he too has a background in horror, which makes me wonder if the DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES script by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) is intended to be a darker experience than the first movie.

But no matter who gets picked, the release date remains May 23rd, 2014.  See you then.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director short list

Reeves, Fresnadillo, Blakeson, Nichols, and Bayona

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Extra Tidbit: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED is a fantastic, twisty little crime drama with some really great acting. Check it out!

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9:10PM on 09/26/2012
I'm ok with May 23rd 2014 as a release date but I really like that work that June 20th 2014 has been putting out lately. But they could always go against type and look at a Wednesday...say April 30th 2014. But then again no matter which date they go with it doesn't really matter if it's shit.
I'm ok with May 23rd 2014 as a release date but I really like that work that June 20th 2014 has been putting out lately. But they could always go against type and look at a Wednesday...say April 30th 2014. But then again no matter which date they go with it doesn't really matter if it's shit.
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8:14PM on 09/26/2012

Andy Serkis.

Andy Serkis. Andy Serkis. Give it to Andy Serkis.

Or Matt Reeves. Whatever.
Andy Serkis. Andy Serkis. Give it to Andy Serkis.

Or Matt Reeves. Whatever.
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3:47PM on 09/26/2012
That list of directors is good, but how about using living legends like John Carpenter or Paul Verhoven? Seriously, why are Verhoven and Carpenter stuck making straight to DVD movies, when they can be heading up huge budged A list movies?!?
That list of directors is good, but how about using living legends like John Carpenter or Paul Verhoven? Seriously, why are Verhoven and Carpenter stuck making straight to DVD movies, when they can be heading up huge budged A list movies?!?
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3:47PM on 09/26/2012
Why isn't Rupert Wyatt doing it again?
Why isn't Rupert Wyatt doing it again?
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1:21PM on 09/26/2012
reeves
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11:59AM on 09/26/2012
Any of them are good. I think the best director would be one who isn't on that list, Duncan Jones.
Any of them are good. I think the best director would be one who isn't on that list, Duncan Jones.
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11:25AM on 09/26/2012
Reeves or Fresnadillo, although Fox shouldn't have fucked it up with Rupert Wyatt in the first place.
Reeves or Fresnadillo, although Fox shouldn't have fucked it up with Rupert Wyatt in the first place.
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10:32AM on 09/26/2012
Of those choices I'd hope for Reeves. But to me 'Rise' thrived thanks to the work of two people, Andy Serkis and Rupert Wyatt.

Fox needs to get their head out of their ass, stop treating movies like TV episodes, and give Wyatt the time to possibly wow us again.
Of those choices I'd hope for Reeves. But to me 'Rise' thrived thanks to the work of two people, Andy Serkis and Rupert Wyatt.

Fox needs to get their head out of their ass, stop treating movies like TV episodes, and give Wyatt the time to possibly wow us again.
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10:24AM on 09/26/2012
That's actually a really good short list. Except for Blakeson I'm familiar with their works and all of them would be interesting choices for different reasons. Naturally Del Toro is the stand out here, but if they can't get him I would be down with anyone of these guys.
That's actually a really good short list. Except for Blakeson I'm familiar with their works and all of them would be interesting choices for different reasons. Naturally Del Toro is the stand out here, but if they can't get him I would be down with anyone of these guys.
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8:23AM on 09/26/2012
After separating the people who should do it, shoudln't do it, and probably won't agree to it, Fresnadillo seems like the best choice.
After separating the people who should do it, shoudln't do it, and probably won't agree to it, Fresnadillo seems like the best choice.
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