Hasslein Blog: Rupert Wyatt Stepping Down from DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES?


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rupert Wyatt Stepping Down from DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES?

by Rich Handley
Word on the street is that Rupert Wyatt may not be directing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to his widely praised Rise of the Planet of the Apes (see story at Ape Central). Why? Apparently, he considered the studio-imposed deadline to be unattainable. Will another director be able to recapture the brilliance of Rise? We'll find out in May 2014. The good news: The film is still being co-written and produced by Rise scribe Rick Jaffa, who recently indicated that Dawn would likely contain no time-travel elements (see story at IGN).

This is very disappointing news, as Rise did a brilliant job of rejuvenating a flagging franchise that had never quite recovered from Tim Burton's 2001 Apes re-imagining, and Rupert Wyatt played no small role in that success. The loss of Wyatt as director may very well prove damaging to the sequel. Still, as long as Fox chooses a competent director and keeps their stinkin' paws off the movie, there's still a chance the sequel will be a worthy one.



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