It’s been officially announced by 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment that a third film in their relaunched Planet of the Apes series has got itself a director. In an unsurprising move, Matt Reeves has been announced to helm the sequel to the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Reeves is the director for said Dawn of… and is expected to go straight into the third film straight after work is finished on Dawn. He’s previously directed the likes of Cloverfield and Let Me In.
With the Apes franchise seemingly given a new lease of life with 2011’s relaunch, things are looking good for the series. Personally, I was expecting Rise of the Planet of the Apes to be, frankly, not very good. As it turns out, I was massively impressed by the film, as were the masses, with it taking $482 million across the glove.
As for the upcoming sequel, that will follow on from the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, with an increasing number of genetically evolved apes being led by Caesar. A small resistance group of scientists are out to stop the ever-growing number of ‘damn, dirty apes.’
The next Apes instalment stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo, Jocko Sims and Judy Greer.
Directed by Matt Reeves, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is on track for an 11th July, 2014 release.