Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the biggest films of last year, rebooting the classic Planet of the Apes series, and doing it to the tune of almost half a billion dollars across the globe.

Wyatt decided to exit the director’s chair for the sequel last month, and a search has been underway since to find his replacement, and now Deadline report that Matt Reeves has been set to direct the blockbuster in his place.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has already been set for a May 2014 release, and Fox are confident that with Reeves now in place, they’ll be staying on track for that date.

Reeves made a huge name for himself with his sophomore feature behind the camera, Cloverfield, back in 2008, which turned its $25m. budget into more than $170m. at the box office, and likely plenty more since its home entertainment release.

He followed it up with Let Me In in 2010, a solid horror remake of the original Swedish film, Let the Right One In, itself based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s original novel.

Co-writers on the original Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, have already delivered a script, much liked by the studio and producers.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be blowing our minds on 23rd May, 2014, and with Reeves now in place at the helm, things will likely be moving forward soon to ensure the release date is kept in place. More as we get it.