‘Planet Of The Apes’ sequel hires ‘Cloverfield’ director Matt Reeves

Reeves is to helm 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' after the original director dropped out

Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has been hired for the new Planet Of The Apes movie.

According to Deadline, Reeves will take over the director’s chair for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes after original helmer Rupert Wyatt dropped out.

British director Wyatt steered 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, a successful reboot of the franchise that grossed over $481 million (£296 million) worldwide. He was originally on board for the sequel, but exited because he apparently “didn’t feel comfortable” about making the film’s release date. 20th Century Fox have scheduled Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes for May 23 2014.

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 is confirmed for the sequel.

Reeves, 46, began his career on TV shows including Felicity and Homicide: Life On The Streets, before making his big screen debut with 2008’s Cloverfield, an acclaimed horror film shot in the “found footage” style. He followed it up by directing another horror movie, 2010’s Let Me In.