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

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.


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."

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Filed Under "Sci-Fi" 2/15/2013 Source: What Culture
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