Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves is back in the director's chair this week with the highly anticipated Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes comes three years after the success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011, and sees Reeves take over from Rupert Wyatt.

So far, Reeves has enjoyed a career that has spanned twenty years, and has seen him move between film and television.

Reeves worked on Mr Petrified Forest while at university, before going on to makes his feature film directorial debut two years later.

Pallbearer was that directorial debut: which saw J.J. Abrams on board as producer.

Reeves teamed up with Jason Katims to pen the screenplay, while David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Toni Collette all starred.

Reeve would reunite with Abrams to create TV series Felicity as his next big project: he would direct several episodes of the college drama starring Keri Russell.

Felicity was a big success and ran for four seasons between 1998 and 2002, and really helped get Reeves' name out there. He would go on to direct single episodes of Conviction and Miracles.

It wasn't 2008 that he would return to feature film with Cloverfield: a project that saw him team up with Abrams as producer.

The sci-fi monster film was one of the most anticipated films of the year, as Reeves & Abrams has kept many details of the film a secret before launching a huge viral marketing campaign.

Cloverfield was a found-footage film, which followed six youngsters in New York during when a monster attacks and destroys the city.

The movie was met well by the critics, and went on to gross in excess of $170 million, easily making back its $25 million budget.

Reeves followed up this success with Let Me In: an American remake of Let The Right One in, which was an adaptation of the book by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

The movie followed a lonely young boy who befriends a young girl - however, she is not what she seems when it turns out that she is a vampire.

Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz took on the two central characters of Owen and Abbey, and the movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010.

Let Me In went on be met with critical acclaim, however, it would struggle to find an audience at the box office.

Now Reeves is back with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: which is the biggest film of his directing career to date.

The movie is set ten years after events of the first, and sees humans struggling to survive after the outbreak of a virus. The apes on the other hand have grown in number, and now threaten the human survivors.

Reeves has brought together a totally new cast, as Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Gary Oldman are just some of the names on board. The movie also sees Andy Serkis returns to the central role of ape Caesar.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has already been met with critical acclaim and has topped the U.S. box office over the weekend.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of the most anticipated films of the summer, and promises to be darker and grittier than the first.

As for Reeves, this movie is set to cement him as a true blockbuster filmmaker and he has been linked to the next film in the Apes franchise.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is out now.

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