Director Matt Reeves [Cloverfield & Let Me In] will direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The movie is the sequel to the excellent Rupert Wyatt directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes which earned $481.8 million worldwide with a budget of $93 million. Rise of the Planet of the Apes starred James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo & Andy Serkis. Wyatt, was expected to return for this sequel, but left the project due to a rumored problem with the production & release schedule. Reeves was the studio’s top choice to replace him. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters May 23rd 2014. Scott Z. Burns, Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa are on script duty. Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver return to produce.