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Which Directors Are On The 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Shortlist?

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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."

[url=""]Deadline[/url] 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.

[b]Matt Reeves[/b]
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.

[b]J Blakeson[/b]
This British director made a good impression with "The Disappearance of Alice Creed and seems poised for a big-budget opportunity.

[b]Juan Carlos Fresnadillo[/b]
Having successfully taken over one franchise, the "28 Week Later" director could make for a good, qualified replacement. Plus, we know he can handle dystopia.

[b]Jeff Nichols[/b]
Consider this our "oh please, oh please, oh please" candidate. Nichols directed last year's criminally under-nominated "Take Shelter," a kind-of-maybe apocalypse movie, and the guy has some serious talent. It's only a matter of time before he moves to something the scale of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

[b]Juan Antonio Bayona[/b]
Bayona made the jump to larger scale pictures with the TIFF film "The Impossible," and his eye for stunning visuals would match up perfectly with a property like "Apes."

[b]Guillermo del Toro[/b]
This will never happen. The man has so many projects and too many original ideas to take on the sequel to a reboot.

[b]Rian Johnson[/b]
The dude already said "no."

[i]Who do you want to direct "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"? Let us know what you think in the comments below and on [url=""]Twitter[/url]![/i]

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