So I guess that list from the other day turned out to be legit, huh? Looks like Fox has settled on a Mr. Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield, Let Me In, and co-creator of the television show Felicity, for whatever that’s worth. Reeves was on the short list of directors the studio was looking into to replace Rupert Wyatt, who had been rumored to be stepping away from the sequel to the film he made such a surprise success.
Now that the torch has been passed, one has to wonder if Fox will allow Reeves as much freedom as Wyatt was given for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. My guess is, probably not. Once a studio knows how much a property is worth, they tend to turn whatever screws they can find to ensure success. In this case, that would be hilariously ironic because much of the success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes can probably be attributed to Wyatt being given free reign over the production. Rumor is that Wyatt left the project because of the pressure Fox was putting on him, so Reeves may have inherited more than he has bargained for. Whatever the reasons for Wyatt’s departure, I certainly wish Reeves the best of luck. I need more chimp Andy Serkis in my life, and I’ll be thankful to whoever can make that possible.[via Coming Soon, FSR]