A new day comes with a new dawn. With the announcement of director Matt Reeves dropping out of The Twilight Zone remake and signing on to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Twentieth Century Fox has brought on screenwriter Mark Bomback to tailor the script to Reeves’ strengths.
THR is reporting that Bomback will be brought on to the Apes project to do a pass on the script before the film goes into production. Bomback, whose writing credits include Live Free or Die Hard and Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake, will rewrite the original script by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, who also wrote the script for The Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011.
Matt Reeves was brought onto Dawn of the Planet of the Apes when Twentieth Century Fox decided to get the sequel on track as quickly as possible. The director of the previous film, Rupert Wyatt, walked away to direct the film Agent 13 starring Charlize Theron. [The writer of that movie, T.S. Nowlin, wrote another sci-fi script that Tom Cruise may star in. – Ed.] Reeves is an inspired choice and has proven himself as a more than capable director with his recent films, Cloverfield in 2008 and Let Me In, the American remake of the popular Swedish horror film Let the Right One In, in 2010. There is no doubt Reeves will elevate the material to make a worthy sequel.
Mark Bomback’s other writing credits include the late Tony Scott’s final film, Unstoppable, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, and the new X-Men universe flick, The Wolverine, for director James Mangold and Twentieth Century Fox.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will hit theaters everywhere on May 23, 2014.