Fox Signs ‘Apes’ Director Matt Reeves to Overall Deal

Fox Signs 'Apes' Director Matt Reeves to Overall Deal

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The “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” filmmaker has a long-term home

Twentieth Century Fox is going into the Matt Reeves business for the long haul, signing the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” director to an overall deal at the studio.

“We are thrilled Matt has decided to make Fox his home,” Twentieth Century Fox production president Emma Watts said. “We have long admired his bold, intelligent approach to filmmaking. I know our collaboration on ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is just the beginning of many great things to come.”

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“Dawn” has been a solid hit for Fox in a soft summer at the box office, with the sequel taking in $180 million domestic and $370 million worldwide. The sequel was Reeves’ third effort as a director; he previously directed 2008's surprise hit “Cloverfield” and 2010's Swedish horror remake “Let Me In.”

“I couldn't be more excited about this new partnership with Fox,” Reeves said in a statement. “Making ‘Dawn' was an incredible experience for me because, despite its scale, I was allowed to make the film with true passion.  I look forward to continuing my relationship with Jim [Gianopoulos], Emma and everyone at the studio on future, equally inspiring projects, and to have the opportunity to engage with other writers and directors to help realize their passions as well.”

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Reeves was already signed to direct the next “Apes” film for Fox and Chernin.