Rupert Wyatt to leave Apes sequel?

Director apparently unhappy with tight release schedule

Having revitalised the Planet Of The Apes series with the excellent Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, it was perhaps inevitable that Fox would want to hang on to director Rupert Wyatt for the sequel.

Officially titled Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the sequel is set to pick up where the last film left off, as the ape-carried virus begins to spread through humankind with disastrous effects, resulting in a global pandemic.

Wyatt had agreed to direct the follow-up, but according to Deadline, he’s having second thoughts due to the film’s extremely tight release date of 23 May 2014. Fox has declined to comment, but if rumours are to be believed, they’ll have to move quickly to find a replacement.

The situation is reminiscent of Gary Ross’s exit from the Hunger Games franchise, having declined the opportunity to direct the second film on account of Lionsgate’s ludicrously tight production schedule. Francis Lawrence, his replacement, also seems unlikely to return for round three for similar reasons.

Time is now very much of the essence for Fox, who are reportedly happy with the script submitted by writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. If Wyatt does jump ship, expect a replacement to be announced sooner rather than later.

Is Wyatt key to the sequel's success? Tell us your thoughts, below!


    • philipjamesd

      Sep 18th 2012, 13:48

      I really hope that both sequels to ROTPOTA and The Hunger Games can live up to the first films. These films delivered beyond my expectations and it would be a shame for the franchise to be ruined because of greedy studios. Do they think we will forget the films existed if they don't release another within 18months? People genuinely enjoyed these films because they were well scripted, well acted and well produced; only a shoddy sequel could ruin that, perhaps they should concentrate on backing up the quality product they already have and allow filmmakers to enjoy a reasonable time scale to make their visions a reality.

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 18th 2012, 15:12

      Quality over speed !

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 18th 2012, 16:36

      Don't those morons at Hollywood realise, that when quailty directors bail, the end product will suffer as a result? The producers desperately scour the list of must-have directors to replace them and end with the C-list roster featuring the likes of Brett Ratner, McG, Len Wiseman and Paul WS Anderson.

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    • AlfredsDream098

      Sep 18th 2012, 19:04


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    • piffle

      Sep 18th 2012, 22:21

      ROTPOTA was one of last years big cinematic pleasures, it would be totally rubbish to see Wyatt go. If he has a vision for the movie leave him to it, I'll wait an extra three or four months for a superior movie.

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    • galenurko

      Sep 22nd 2012, 9:08

      Apes is far bigger than any one Director.The first four of the classic Apes films had four different directors and franchises can look samey and stale very quickly without a new 'eye' on them (Hobbit, anyone?). Wyatt was great, but the movie succeeded because of Andy Serkis and WETA. DAWN of the POTA will be an astonishing movie whoever directs.

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