‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ director Matt Reeves set for third film

Jan. 07, 2014 | 4:31 p.m.

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” doesn’t arrive in theaters until July 11, but its director, Matt Reeves, already is set to helm another installment in the sci-fi franchise.

Fox confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Reeves will direct a follow-up to “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which now becomes the second film in a planned trilogy.

The summer release, which stars Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, is set several years after 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” and sees the apes and the humans on the cusp of a war that doesn’t promise to end well for mankind.

A trailer for the sequel hints at a world decimated by disease and conflict, but the ranks of the simian followers of Andy Serkis’ genetically evolved ape Caesar — glimpsed near the end of the clip — seem strong.

Before taking over directing duties on the “Apes” films, Reeves was best known for projects including the found footage monster movie “Cloverfield” and “Let Me In,” the English-language remake of the acclaimed Swedish vampire movie “Let the Right One In.”

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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