Director Matt Reeves is going back to his last film to fill a key role in his next one. Let Me In star Kodi Smit-McPhee has just been cast as one of the leads in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He joins Andy Serkis and Jason Clarke in the sequel to the prequel of 1967′s Planet of the Apes which takes place 15 years after Caesar (Serkis) began his ape vs. man revolution.  Read More »

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After many years of playing smaller roles, Jason Clarke started to move up in films like Public Enemies, and was terrific in Lawless, which helped him land in Zero Dark Thirty. It’s that last one that is pushing him into a new zone for casting directors, and he’s now landed the lead role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and is set fifteen years after the end of Rise. Read More »

One thing’s for sure about Benedict Cumberbatch‘s “John Harrison”: He definitely has the evil villain voice down. No wonder Paramount is using his “you think your world is safe…” line for everything from TV promos to motion posters. Also after the jump:

  • Jessica Alba didn’t think a Sin City sequel would happen
  • Director David Twohy is pleased about Riddick‘s R rating
  • Guillermo del Toro is already working on Pacific Rim 2
  • Rupert Wyatt reveals the real (if vague) reason he left Apes
  • Find out how to be an extra on Apes and/or Anchorman 2
  • Zachary Quinto talks tackling the iconic character of Spock
  • Star Trek Into Darkness reveals some nice high-res pics

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Before Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released, most people probably thought of it of a James Franco movie. That was not the case after seeing the finished product. Apes was unquestionably Andy Serkis’ series. Franco may have been at the center of the first movie but when telling a story of a planet slowly but surely being taken over by an intelligent race of apes, the humans become decreasingly important.

Franco has now been quoted as saying he was expecting to do a small cameo in 2014′s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes when Wyatt was directing. However Wyatt’s long since left the project, making with for Matt Reeves, and Franco said he hasn’t heard from anyone since that happened and now doesn’t expect to appear. How will that work? Read his quote and speculate after the jump. Read More »

“Everyone wants to do sequels,” says Chris Tucker. Indeed. After the jump:

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets a plot summary, will shoot in March
  • Keith Richards may return to the Pirates of the Caribbean series
  • Chris Tucker is interested in Rush Hour 4, not so much Friday 4
  • Nick Cannon talks up his plans for a Drumline sequel and TV series
  • Isla Fisher signs on for the kinda-sorta Jackie Brown sequel Switch
  • Transformers 4 explores Bangkok as a potential shooting location
  • The Last Exorcism Part II gets picked up by CBS Films; see a new image

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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 »

Matt Reeves is about to take over the world. The director of Cloverfield and Let Me In now confirmed to helm Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The director of that film, Rupert Wyatt, was expected to return for this follow-up, but left the project due to a rumored problem with the production and release schedule. Reeves was the studio’s top choice to replace him.

Once again written by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which will continue the story of Caesar (Andy Serkis) and tell the next chapter of how he, along with the help of a rapidly spreading virus, will eventually change the world into what’s seen in the 1968 film starring Charlton Heston. It’s scheduled for release May 23, 2014. Read more after the jump. Read More »

For about a year now, Let Me In and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has been attached to a new theatrical film based on The Twilight Zone. It was just one of several projects on the director’s plate and certainly the most high profile. In that time, multiple writers had been tasked with writing a screenplay but, with nare a greenlight in sight after a year, it seems Reeves has decided to move on. He will no longer direct Warner Bros. new Twilight Zone movie.

Instead, he’s now become the frontrunner to replace Rupert Wyatt as the director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Also on the short list behind Reeves: J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed)Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy), Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) and Rian Johnson (Looper). Read more after the jump.

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