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“War for the Planet of the Apes” played much more like “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” than “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

The third film in the rebooted series brought in an estimated $56.5 million. That’s good enough for first place, but well below “Dawn,” which opened with $72.5 million.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” took second with $45.2 million.

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Matt Reeves is in as director and the casting news keeps coming for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, the sequel to the surprise hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. Judy Greer  (“The Descendants”) will don the motion capture suit to play Cornelia, Caesar’s love interest. She will join Andy Serkis as the apes. Apparently she’s quite the fan as you can see in this quote she gave during a recent interview:

“I married a man who … I’m gonna use the word obsessed. He is obsessed with Planet of the Apes,” Greer told the site. “We had a chimp husband-and-wife cake topper at our wedding. At the cocktail hour, we played Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes on two separate televisions in the bar area. And on the wedding gift I bought him, a vintage Rolex, I had it engraved, ‘Ape shall not kill ape.’ I was then told that, technically, it’s ‘Ape shall never kill ape,’ but there wasn’t enough space for engraving purposes.”

She joins Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Gary Oldman, who have been cast in human roles.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This is worse than “Jane Got a Gun”. Paul Higgis and Russell Crowe were once set to direct and star in “The Equalizer”, which is based on an 80s TV series that sees a special ops agent help people. Then Denzel Washington boarded the project. Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) came on board to direct…and left. Then “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt joined…and left. Now Antoine Fuqua (“Olympus Has Fallen”) is the latest to be attached to it. If he does join, he’ll reteam with Washington for the first time since “Training Day”, which got Washington an Oscar.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Jurassic Park IV” cleared a big hurdle and named a director. The Steven Spielberg produced proejct will have Colin Trevorrow, who helmed the indie film “Safety Not Guaranteed” will tackle the project. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes'” writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver penned the script. No word on casting but with the film scheduled to hit theaters next year, expect news to come fast and furiously.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here we go. The first is that Matt Reeves’ “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is picking up a lot of steam. Jason Clarke joined the anticipated sequel and Andy Serkis is of course returning as Caesar. Now news comes that Gary Oldman is joining the cast as well. He was last in “Lawless” and “The Dark Knight Rises”.

The other film to pick up steam lately is “Transcendence” from long time Christopher Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister. The film already will star Johnny Depp and now Paul Bettany is joining him. “Priest” aside, Bettany is a talented actor, appearing in films such as “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”, “A Beautiful Mind” and is the voice of Jarvis in the Iron Man films and “The Avengers”. Both projects sound very promising!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, which starred James Franco, Andy Serkis and Freida Pinto, was a surprise hit in 2011. Then its director left. Then Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”) signed on. Now comes news that Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”) has signed on for a major role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sequel is set fifteen years after the events of Rise and finds most of humanity wiped out and the intelligent apes ruling over the world. Part of the film’s focus is said to be on a small group of San Francisco-based scientists that are forming a resistance against the apes and part follows Andy Serkis’ Caesar as he, like his namesake, tries to maintain order and power within his new civilization.

Reeves also directed the very good “Let Me In”, so I’m excited for this one.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was a pleasant surprise. But since director Rupert Wyatt is out and Matt Reeves is in, we may lose the central human character. James Franco had this to say to MTV:

“I was going to be a small part of the next one,” he said. “There was a moment when Rupert Wyatt was going to direct the second one. A lot of the human characters that were in the first movie were dead in the sequel that Rupert was going to direct. But there was one scene, between Caesar and my character, maybe even just like on a video that was left behind, but then a lot of things happened, like [former Fox co-chairman] Tom Rothman who was a big part of the first movie, left. Now Rupert’s not a part of it so I don’t know. My guess is I won’t be in it. Nobody’s talked to me since Rupert left.”

Well, I suppose it’s not a huge deal since Caesar (Andy Serkis) and company are the real draw. But it does seem odd they would eliminate the one human character that could help tie the two films together.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Rupert Wyatt is out. Matt Reeves is in. Reeves was confirmed to be directing the sequel to the surprise hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is shooting for a 2014 release. Reeves, who directed “Cloverfield” and “Let Me In” is reportedly ready to go on production. Other names on the short list included Guillermo Del Toro and Rian Johnson.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

The bad news is “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt won’t be back for “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. The good news is if these reports are true, there’s some very talented directors on its short list to replace him.

“Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves has left “The Twilight Zone” film and is apparently up for directing the sequel. In addition to Reeves, Guillermo Del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”, “Pacific Rim”), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”), Jeff Nichols, “The Impossible” director Juan Antonio Bayona, “Looper” helmer Rain Johnson and J. Blakeson.

Who would you like to see?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was one of the big surprises in 2011, earning nearly $500 million worldwide. But, the sequel, titled “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, which will follow Caesar (Andy Serkis), may lose director Rupert Wyatt. Much like Gary Ross, who directed “The Hunger Games”, Wyatt is reportedly worried the short turnaround (Fox wants it released in May of 2014), won’t be enough time to deliver a quality product.

It would be a shame to lose Wyatt at this point. And, Fox will have to move quickly to find a replacement. Hopefully, they can find some good talent quickly.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.