Fox’s sci-fi sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, besides being a ridiculously clunky title (almost as clunky as the first movie’s title, natch), is already greenlit to begin soon for a May 2014 release. Now rumor has the ape sequel moving forward possibly without its director, Rupert Wyatt, who is said to be exiting the movie because he doesn’t feel he has enough time to properly make a quality sequel, ala Gary Ross and “The Hunger Games” sequel, “Catching Fire”.
Fox has not commented on the rumor.
2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, a reboot of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise, was a surprise hit for Fox. The movie didn’t really have any stars, but was critically lauded and moviegoers went bananas for it (ahem), earning $176 million domestically and $481 million worldwide from a $93 million production budget. The film has also sold almost $40 million on DVD and Blu-ray.
This is one reason why you should always take reports that this actor or that director has “already been signed on for multiple sequels” with a healthy dose of “whatever”. Just because someone is signed on for sequels before the first movie even opens, it really doesn’t mean a whole lot. Studios aren’t going to force an actor or director to do a sequel if the talent doesn’t want to do it. Can you imagine a director who doesn’t want to be there being forced to direct a movie?
So if Wyatt ditches “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, where would he end up? Well, he’s already got the sci-fi actioner “Agent 13” with Charlize Theron lined up, so he could start work on that.
Via : Deadline