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Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a big success, and 20th Century Fox wanted a sequel in theaters for May 2014. Rise director Rupert Wyatt didn’t feel that would give him enough time to make the film properly and dropped out late in the development process, only a couple months before shooting was scheduled to begin. Cloverfield/Let Me In director Matt Reeves was quickly hired to replace Wyatt. But before Reeves signed on, Fox was looking to make a much different film.

“When I first arrived, [Fox] pitched me the story they were gonna do and I thought I wasn’t gonna do the film,” Reeves told me in an exclusive interview. “I wasn’t gonna do the film because it was a story that I didn’t quite connect to.”

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was originally developed to be a very different movie, and production was set to begin in a matter of only a handful of weeks. Find out the story of how Matt Reeves completely reworked the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes story from the ground up, forming one of the greatest opening sequences you’ll see this year.

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Final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer

It’s less than a month until we return to an Earth that has been dramatically reshaped into a place that could soon be called a planet of the apes, and Fox has released one last big look at its latest chapter in the long-running saga. Half of this final Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is all about brewing conflict and watching humanity further lose hold on the planet.

And then things just explode, and that war that Caesar talks about in his steadily-improving speech just explodes. A lot of the footage here is stuff we’ve seen before, but that’s OK; it’s good to save the best stuff for the final film. And Matt Reeves’ sequel to the surprise hit from 2011 looks like it firmly takes the reins of the story in a way that could be very satisfying for Apes fans, indeed.  Read More »

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After the jump:

  • Ju-On: The Grudge is getting another sequel
  • The Dark Crystal sequel is still in development
  • Better Call Saul will shoot in Albuquerque
  • Read the first chapter of the Apes prequel book
  • Take a peek at the first Minions teaser poster
  • 22 Jump Street reveals a couple more clips
  • See another poster for Transformers 4

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While there was some confusion many months ago over who would direct the sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox is removing all doubt for a potential third installment.

Matt Reeves, the director of this year’s sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has signed to direct an untitled, undated third prequel to the 1968 film. Reeves, the director of Cloverfield and Let Me In, will pen the screenplay with Mark Bomback. He’ll move right onto it after finishing the current installment, which is due in theaters on July 11.  Read More »

Fifty Shades of Grey

Charlie Hunnam reportedly exited Fifty Shades of Grey after he got a little too hands-on with the script, but now Sam Taylor-Johnson and her producers have found a new scribe to wrestle it into submission. Mark Bomback, writer of The Wolverine and the Total Recall remake, has been hired to do a polish on Kelly Marcel‘s screenplay.

Meanwhile, though the producers were able to get back on track pretty quickly after Hunnam’s departure, they’re still feeling the consequences. The start date has been delayed by one month, throwing the planned summer opening into doubt. Hit the jump to get the latest updates on the project, or just to skip ahead to the comments so you can preemptively hate on it.

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Which X-Men Hero Almost Made It Into ‘The Wolverine’?

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Aside from a few dreamy appearances by deceased flame Jean Grey, The Wolverine was a solo outing for the grizzled X-Man. He doesn’t don the leather costume or call Westchester to check in, and none of his X-friends are around when the shit hits the fan.

But screenwriter Mark Bomback reveals that wasn’t always the plan. According to him, an earlier draft of the story had Wolverine teaming up with one of his favorite teammates from the original trilogy. Hit the jump to find out who it was, and why that plotline was dropped.

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By the time the next Planet of the Apes movie comes out, will it have featured as many screenwriters as there are Apes movies? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be the immediate sequel to last year’s surprise success Rise of the Planet of the Apes. After Rise director Rupert Wyatt stepped away from the project, citing a hasty production schedule, Cloverfield director Matt Reeves will occupy the director’s chair.

And now Mark Bomback, whose credits are seen on X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Total Recall (2012), and Live Free or Die Hard, will pen the latest draft of the script. He’s the third writer (or writing team) reported to work on the film, after Rise writers Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa penned the original draft and Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) was brought on to do additional work. Read More »

The final episode of 24 was broadcast in May 2010, and not long after we started to hear serious talk about a feature film continuation of the series anchored by Kiefer Sutherland‘s character Jack Bauer. Fox spent a lot of time choosing a screenwriter (Billy Ray eventually scripted, with Mark Bomback polishing) and starting the process of finding a director. A tentative start date was scheduled for the end of this month, timed to coincide with Sutherland’s hiatus from his new series Touch.

But there still is no director — Antoine Fuqua was a recent possible hire — and it now looks like Fox isn’t going to pursue the film until 2013 at least. Read More »

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