The sequel to “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” will make money regardless of the quality. But right now, fans of the series do not know what to expect in terms of how well it can be made. While previously, the job of directing the original was in the hands of Rupert Wyatt, he left for no known public reason. Now, Wyatt offers his take.
“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,” says Wyatt. When asked if the project has changed now that Matt Reeves has taken the helm, he says “Matt Reeves is a Filmmaker, and a very good one, so I’m sure it has.”
In support of the young generation of UK film makers, he wishes more short films from these burgeoning creators were shown. “It’s the perfect opportunity to showcase new talent in front of a wide audience. I don’t know if this happens in the UK but Pixar often screen a short from one of their up and coming film makers prior to a Pixar feature,” says Wyatt. “It’s one of the many downsides of not having a studio system in the UK. It would be great if younger film makers could learn their craft under the same roof of others who could teach from experience… It’s rough working in isolation.”
Next up, Wyatt will adapt Sebastian Faulk’s wartime novel, “Birdsong.” He describes what attracted him to it: “It’s a story about a world where timeless themes and iconic characters are explored in great detail, and I think any literature like that, from Dickens to Shakespeare, has many shades to it- so I don’t feel our version will necessarily reflect what has come before.”
Source: What Culture