Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the most surprising films not only of last summer, but of the entire year. Rupert Wyatt‘s Apes movie managed to be a great piece of modern sci-fi and an even stronger example of how motion capture acting should be considered just as important as traditional acting, because Andy Serkis‘ role was emotional, sincere and full of depth.
I enjoyed Rise a lot and when the sequel was announced as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes I met the news with mixed reactions. I’m still strongly behind the idea that Rise was a fluke as was X-Men: First Class. Both Fox productions looked bad going in and ended up being a lot of fun. A sequel might be a bit trickier.
BAD is reporting that director Rupert Wyatt is off of Dawn, due to the approaching release date. Wyatt doesn’t believe he can make the film he wants given the time crunch, so he’s stepping down and letting someone else come in. I always hate when studios swap out directors, because we lose that sense of continuity.
I’ve never actually heard of Wyatt before Apes, so maybe the blow won’t be as painful as one might assume, but hiring someone to get things going at a quicker pace is never a good sign.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens on May 24th, 2014.