Now with a new director signed on to helm the anticipated sequel, it seems like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is finally on the right track to kick off production next year and get the follow-up to 2011's surprise smash on the big screen. With a script already set for the longest time, it's exactly how 20th Century Fox will adjust the project with a new visionary aboard that could either help or hinder the upcoming continuation. Now perhaps they'll be moving forward in a smart way as they have just tapped an old employee to make sure Caesar's rise to power is just perfect enough.
THR reports that Mark Bomback has been tapped to perform rewrites to Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa's script for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Bomback has worked for Fox already penning next summer's X-Men feature The Wolverine while he also performed uncredited rewrites to the original Rise of the Planet of the Apes draft.
It's unclear how much Bomback will be reworking the sci-fi sequel, but he's expected to simply be changing things around to match the vision of newly signed helmer Matt Reeves. The studio and producers reportedly would like to have a script more tailored to Reeves rather than previous director Rupert Wyatt, though how exactly that will affect its connection to Rise is uncertain.
The goal is to enter production this coming Spring in order to meet a previously set release date of May 23rd, 2014. Andy Serkis is currently signed on to reprise his role of Caesar, though any other return performances are currently up in the air. Talk still persists that James Franco may be back to close out his role as lead human character Will, though no official word has been reached.