Director Rupert Wyatt is reportedly planning to exit the sequel because the release date is too soon

The new Planet Of The Apes movie is reportedly about to lose its director.

British director Rupert Wyatt helmed 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, a successful reboot of the franchise that grossed over $481 million (£296 million) worldwide. A sequel, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, has been confirmed by 20th Century Fox, with Wyatt set to return to the director’s chair.

However, according to Deadline, Wyatt is planning to pull out because he “didn’t feel comfortable” about the studio’s scheduled release date of May 2014. Fox declined to respond to the story.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who also wrote the screenplay for the 2011 reboot. British actor Andy Serkis, who won critical acclaim for his motion-capture performance as chimpanzee Caesar, has confirmed that he will reprise his role. The first film also starred James Franco, John Lithgow, Freida Pinto and Tom Felton, but none are officially signed up for the sequel.

Meanwhile, Deadline predicts that Wyatt “will have no trouble finding another film to direct”. He is apparently already attached to Agent 13, an upcoming sci-fi project starring Charlize Theron.