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Dawn

To put it simply: we're really freaking excited for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Fox got a great director, Matt Reeves, to step in for Rupert Wyatt, and as we see in the first image of Caesar from the sequel, this is a different ape than the one we last saw in "Rise."

Plus, he rides a horse.

When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with Reeves and his stars, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Andy Serkis, who plays Caesar, at San Diego Comic-Con, a big question was whether the hyper-intelligent chimp would still be a sympathetic character in the eyes of the audience, or whether the power had gone to his head.

Reeves' answer was thorough to say the least. Find out what he said after the jump!

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Jason Clarke

In the kind of casting move that gives you hope for the (ape-ruled) future, "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jason Clarke has just signed on to star in Matt Reeves' "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." It's biology, bro.

The Hollywood Reporter had the exclusive on the Clark news and shared some details of the story, which takes place 15 years after the events of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

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"Cloverfield" helmer Matthew Reeves will direct the follow up to "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the lovingly titled "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

Reeves was considered the front-runner for the past few weeks, ever since he abruptly dropped out of Warner Bros.' planned "Twilight Zone" remake/reboot, right around the same time "Rise" director Rupert Wyatt announced he was stepping away from the franchise, presumably to direct something with fewer talking apes.

Deadline ran the exclusive today announcing Reeves' deal with Fox. The director's name had previously appeared on a shortlist that also included J Blakeson, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Jeff Nichols, Juan Antonio Bayona, Rian Johnson (ha!), and Guillermo del Toro (HA!).

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is still scheduled for a May 23, 2014 release date, so somebody better get Andy Serkis in a lycra unitard NOW!

Do you think Matt Reeves is a good choice for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!

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When "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt took the Gary Ross route and stepped down from the follow-up, the immediate question became, well, who's it going to be? The world of "Rise" nicely set up a sci-fi canvas for any ambitious filmmaker to take over and do pretty much anything they wanted for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

Deadline now claims that 20th Century Fox has a shortlist made up of something of the most exciting up-and-coming directors and one unrealistic vet. Here's our rundown.

Matt Reeves
By most accounts, he's the studio's top choice by a long shot. The "Cloverfield" director had been attached to "The Twilight Zone" before leaving the project earlier this week. The timing sure does seem convenient.

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Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves, you're about to enter "The Twilight Zone."

Warner Bros. has certainly let the right one in by hiring the "Cloverfield" and "Let Me In" filmmaker to direct a new big-screen adaptation of the classic Rod Sterling television series.

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Todd PhillipsDon't worry, people: Todd Phillips does not endorse cigarette smoking for simians.

The Internet was abuzz yesterday with word that Phillips had apparently gotten Crystal the monkey addicted to smoking on the set of "The Hangover: Part II," but today he clarified to MovieLine that that is not, in fact, the case. "That was a joke. I make comedies," he said in a statement. "If you read the story, it doesn’t even make sense. 'On the set of her new film, she won’t stop smoking cigarettes'. Umm. Really? Maybe just take them away from her. Or at least take her money away so she can’t buy them any longer." At least he's taking it in good stride, saying that the headline "PETA pissed after Todd Phillips gets 'Hangover 2' monkey addicted to cigarettes" is "one for the office wall."

After the jump, find out which director has picked up "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," what Matt Reeves' next project will be and whether or not Sylvester Stallone is directing "The Expendables 2."

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CloverfieldDirector Matt Reeves, who scared the bejeezus out of us with "Let Me In" and "Cloverfield," is out to make his feel uneasy once again.

According to Deadline, Reeves is adapting Ray Nelson's chilling short story, "8 O’Clock in the Morning," about a man who has visions of aliens controlling society, for Universal. If it sounds familiar, it's because the 1988 John Carpenter classic "They Live" is also adapted from the short story. [Ed. Note: Pretty sure the short story doesn't include the most epic fist fight in the history of forever, though.] Don't expect this to be another remake, however, As Reeves plans to take nothing from "They Live" for his film.

Check out the rest of Monday's biggest news out of Hollywood, including Michael Shannon's casting in "Man of Steel" and plot details for "Tron 3" (yes, already!)

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Red DawnThe "Red Dawn" reboot has already changed its targeted enemy from Russia to China, but the latest change is perhaps the most drastic of them all.

"Red Dawn," which completed filming quite a while ago, will now feature North Korean bad guys instead of Chinese villains, according to the Los Angeles Times. The report states that MGM made its decision so as to avoid issues with foreign distribution in the all-important Chinese market. The plan is to digitally replace Chinese flags and military symbols and altering dialogue to now refer to North Korea.

There's more news out there in movie land, so click on after the jump to find out about Tom Hanks' latest flick, what Matt Reeves has to say about "Cloverfield 2" and whether or not Johnny Knoxville is really in "The Three Stooges" remake after all.

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Let Me InHappy new DVD/Blu-ray release day! The major highlight among today's offerings is the release of "Let Me In," director Matt Reeves' nuanced, well-received adaptation of the hugely popular book of the same name by John Lindqvist - who called Reeves' version "excellent," by the way.

MTV News recently caught up with Reeves to find out what fans have to look forward to with special features and how much time and energy he puts into DVD/Blu-ray concepts, in addition to bugging him for an update on that "Cloverfield" sequel as well! Read More...

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'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'In the spirit of the old adage, "No news is good news," the filmmakers behind "Cloverfield" — director Matt Reeves, Writer Drew Goddard and Producer J.J. Abrams — are still thinking about a sequel. They just haven't put any words to paper yet.

MTV News caught up with Reeves today to chat about the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of "Let Me In" (expect more detailed info on those special features — specifically the car crash sequence — soon) and naturally had to ask about the progress on "Cloverfield 2."

"We would love to do it, we just haven’t figured out the idea that we want to do yet," Reeves said honestly. "J.J. [Abrams] has been very busy with 'Super 8' and he’s really busy with it now, obviously because they’ve got a release date to make and he’s busily working in editorial," he explained.

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