Matt Reeves, the filmmaker behind Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, which is easily on its way toward a $200M+ domestic box office and already has grossed more than $370M worldwide, has inked a three-year production deal at 20th Century Fox. The studio said today that the deal had been in the works for months and pre-dated the opening of Apesl.
A big priority for the studio is Apes 3, which Reeves has signed on to direct from a script he’s penning with Mark Bomback, one of the writers who scripted the the second installment.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes still is playing in 59 countries and just grabbed another $54.8M internationally last weekend to hold on to to its status as the No. 1 box office performer.
“We are thrilled Matt has decided to make Fox his home,”President of Production said Emma Watts in a statement. “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.”
Reeves’ career surged after he directed the sci-fi-horror hit Cloverfield — which opened to $40M+ in January 2008 and went on to gross $170.7M ww on what was claimed to be a $25M budget. After that, he directed Let Me In in 2010. But Apes that has catapulted him onto the lot. “I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with Fox” the helmer 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 (Gianopulos), 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.”
The deal was negotiated by Reeves’ reps at CA, Howard Klein at 3Arts and Karl Austen at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.