Many people were a little bit sceptical, when it was confirmed that the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes was being made and, when you think about the awful Mark Wahlberg remake, you can accept that they had a point.
However, this was different, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a, sort of, origins story, about how the Apes came to rule and what a fantastic job was done on the film. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a huge success, so much so that director Rupert Wyatt was asked back to direct the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Rupert agreed and started to work on an idea for the story for the sequel, along with Scott Z. Burns, and the two men were convinced that what they had come up with was great. However, it seems that the studio had other ideas and the differences could not be settled, leading to Rupert walking away from the project.
Wyatt explained to What Culture, "I had a take on the sequel which didn’t marry with the Studio’s [take]. Regardless, I was hired to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes against all odds, and I was given that opportunity by a studio and producers who were prepared to take a chance on me. For that I’m very grateful."
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is now being directed by Matt Reeves and is set to begin production next month, with a release date set for May 23, 2014 in both the US and the UK.