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One of the surprise hits of last summer was 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.' The sequel/prequel/reboot, let's just say franchise entry, turned out to be far stronger in terms of story structure, performance, and emotional weight than anyone had imagined. Commercially it also exceeded expectations by raking in a cool $481million. When the sequel, 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' was announced, it caused no small amount of anticipation. However, rumors have surfaced that 'RotPotA' director Rupert Wyatt, who was set to helm the next installment, may be departing the project. The studio is refusing to comment, but the supposed inside source is citing discomfort with the release date deadline as the reason for Wyatt's potential departure. The film is set to be released May 23rd, 2014.
Again, this is an unconfirmed report, but it would disappoint me to no end if Wyatt did not direct the sequel. So much of what made 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' work was its outstanding performances, particularly from Andy Serkis who is acting from beneath layers of mocap apparatus. Obviously it would be marginalizing Serkis' talent to give all the credit for his acting to the director, but we've seen plenty of good actors hand in lackluster performances when under poor direction so credit must be given where credit is due. It would also be of benefit to the budding new franchise to maintain the specific tone that 'Rise' strikes; something not easy to do with a change in the director's chair. All that being said, it's far from usual to have different directors helm different entries of a film series, and that can sometimes yield positive results. In fact, my favorite entry from the original Apes franchise is 'Conquest of the Planet of the Apes,' the fourth film that was directed by J. Lee Thompson and not the original film's Franklin J. Schaffner.
What do you guys think? Would it be detrimental to the new Apes franchise to lose Wyatt now? If he is in fact leaving, who would be your choice to replace him?