Matt-Reeves-to-direct-Planet-of-the-Apes-3Dawn of the Planet of the Apes might not have hit cinemas yet, but Fox has begun screening the sequel, and they’ve already got director Matt Reeves to sign on to return direct the as-yet-untitled third movie in the franchise.

Deadline reports that Reeves has already completed his deal to helm the next sequel, and is now just working out his deal alongside Mark Bomback to co-write the script.

The studio launched the first teaser trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes before Christmas, and things are definitely looking good for Reeves’ return to blockbuster territory.

Bomback is coming off the back of co-writing last year’s The Wolverine, and also helped co-write the script for this summer’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Needless to say, the studio and Reeves must have enjoyed working with him to bring him back for the next instalment in the franchise.

The deal would mark Reeves’ first return to writing since Let Me In, his 2010 US remake of the original Swedish horror movie.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes brings a new human cast to the roster from Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and it’s not yet known exactly where Planet of the Apes 3 will take the franchise, and how soon after the second instalment things will pick up.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be heading into cinemas on July 11th in the US, arriving on 17th July here in the UK. It’s understood that Fox is naturally seeing Planet of the Apes 3 as a priority, and it’s likely that Reeves will go straight into developing the third instalment. All that’s left now is to place bets on the verb with which the next title will begin. Any takers?