Fresh off his success with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which has already earned more than $370 million worldwide, filmmaker Matt Reeves has signed a three-year production deal with 20th Century Fox.
The director has already signed on to direct the sequel Planet of the Apes 3, which he is co-writing with Mark Bomback. The studio has already issued a July 29, 2016 release date for the follow-up, which will likely feature the return of Andy Serkis as Caesar, although no cast members have been confirmed yet.
Here's what Emma Watts, 20th Century Fox's President of Production, had to say about Matt Reeves' deal in a statement.
"We are thrilled Matt has decided to make Fox his home. We have long admired his bold, intelligent approach to filmmaking. I know our collaboration on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is just the beginning of many great things to come."
The director himself also offered the following statement.
"I couldn't be more excited about this new partnership with Fox. Making Dawn was an incredible experience for me because, despite its scale, I was allowed to make the film with true passion. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Jim (Gianopulos), Emma and everyone at the studio on future, equally inspiring projects, and to have the opportunity to engage with other writers and directors to help realize their passions as well."