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Matt Reeves Set To Direct 3rd PLANET OF THE APES

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Deadline Hollywood and Variety are reporting that director Matt Reeves has been chosen to direct PLANET OF THE APES 3.

Reeves, who helmed the upcoming “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” will return to direct the third installment as well, the studio confirmed.

The third APES is currently untitled and Chernin Entertainment will return as producers. The writers are unknown at this point.

Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa were the scribes who resurrected the franchise with RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, the Rupert Wyatt-directed film that grossed $482 million worldwide in 2011.

The original 1968 classic, starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall, was groundbreaking for its prosthetic makeup techniques by artist John Chambers, thus launching a film franchise, including four sequels, as well as a short-lived television show and animated series.

In the meantime, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is set to hit theaters this summer on July 11.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

The film also stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Enrique Murciano, Kirk Acevedo and Judy Greer.

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In). The producers are Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the ApesOblivion), Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Tom Hammel (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is executive producing.

Oscar®-winning visual effects house WETA Digital – employing a new generation of the cutting edge performance capture technologies developed for Rise of the Apes and Avatar – will again render photo-realistic, emotionally-engaging apes. The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Michael Seresin, production designer James Chinland, and VFX Supervisors Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon, VFX producers Ryan Stafford, editor Bill Hoy and Stan Salfas, and costume designer Melissa Brunning.

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Make sure to follow director Matt Reeves for updates: https://twitter.com/mattreevesLA

Discover what happened “Before The Dawn” in the years following RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. http://www.apes2014.com/#/story

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