Rupert Wyatt Reveals Why He Decided Not To Helm DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

The Rise of The Planet of The Apes director reveals why he made the shocking decision not to helm the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2011 movie and briefly shares his thoughts on the choice of new filmmaker Matt Reeves.

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By Josh Wilding - 2/15/2013

2011 was a great year for 20th Century Fox as they found themselves with two incredibly successful - in terms of box office and critical reactions - new franchises thanks to Rupert Wyatt (Rise of The Planet of The Apes) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class). It was a shock then when we learned that neither director would return for the respective sequels to each film. Vaughn decided to adapt Mark Millar's The Secret Service, but why isn't Wyatt back for Dawn of The Planet of The Apes? "I had a take on the sequel which didn’t marry with the Studio’s [take]," he told What Culture in a recent interview. "Regardless, I was hired to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes against all odds, and I was given that opportunity by a studio and producers who were prepared to take a chance on me. For that I’m very grateful." As for whether he's spoken to new director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) or knows anything about the new direction of the sequel, he revealed: "No. Matt Reeves is a Filmmaker, and a very good one, so I’m sure it has."

Source: What Culture
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ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 2/15/2013, 5:57 AM
2011 was a great year for 20th Century Fox as they found themselves with two incredibly successful - in terms of box office and critical reactions - new franchises thanks to Rupert Wyatt (Rise of The Planet of The Apes) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class)

... and watch Fox fox shit up in 2014 with retarded complicated ass sequels in dofp & dawn of the dark rises of the planet of the apes
thewonderer - 2/15/2013, 6:41 AM
Fox has hired great directors to replace Vaughn and Wyatt IMO.

And Marvel changes its directors constantly, so why is this a negative thing?
StarkRaving - 2/15/2013, 6:43 AM
ToTheManInTheColdSweat, how can you say that the films are "retarded" and "complicated" without having read the script? We know virtually nothing about "Dawn", whereas DOFP is based on one of the X-Man comics most popular storylines.
superotherside - 2/15/2013, 7:47 AM
This film was so awesome, hope the studio didn't make a mistake when they didn't get him to write the script again.
gambgel - 2/15/2013, 7:50 AM
'Marvel is God, Fox is the Devil' is so late, lol
plasticman - 2/15/2013, 8:06 AM
Isn't Nebraska already a Land of the Apes?
jimoakley666 - 2/15/2013, 9:26 AM
Not as confident in Reeves' storytelling abilities as I am that of Wyatt. But the movie can only be judged upon viewing.
TrollHunter - 2/15/2013, 11:52 AM
smh... All my hopes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is now gone. I though he left because of the time constraints, not because Fox didn't want to do what he wanted to do with the story. How stupid can you be Fox? Rise of the Planet of the Apes was BRILLIANT and my favorite movie of 2011. It was so good because of Wyatt's direction. Why would you screw with that? So so so so so dumb.
xXkryptoniteXx - 2/15/2013, 1:58 PM
Please tell me Fox did not just play the card of "let's redeem ourself on making a great film again as our target." rise of the apes and first class. To now "screw it we got the audience attention again so let's make money and my kid likes this so lets add this, I'm holding the money so let's do it". That is how corporate people are. Human errors from the corporate table.
TheSuperguy - 2/15/2013, 5:32 PM
I have a feeling this is just going to fall apart.
loki668 - 2/16/2013, 12:40 AM
I heard that the new film is called "Midday of the Planet of the Apes: This Time it's Apeier!"

Lord Loki has spoken

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