Reeves, Del Toro Up For “Apes” Sequel

With Rupert Wyatt out as the director of the upcoming “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”, 20th Century Fox has come up with a short list of potential replacements.

Deadline reports that Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”) is at the top of the list with the likes of J. Blakeson (“The Disappearance Of Alice Creed”), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”), Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter”), Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim”) and Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”) are also under consideration.

Wyatt, who helmed last year’s highly successful franchise reboot “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, opted not to return for the sequel as he claims he was uncomfortable about making the late May 2014 release date.

Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver have already penned the script so it’s expected a replacement will be settled on shortly.