According to Mike Fleming over at Deadline New York, Rupert Wyatt has been hired to usher Planet of the Apes into the new decade. The last time we saw a film in the franchise it was the 2001 reboot by Tim Burton and almost ten years later there’s a prequel on the horizon and Wyatt’s been tapped to direct it.

Who is Rupert Wyatt you ask? He’s a British director who’s helmed less than a handful of projects since his debut in 1999. His most recent feature was the 2008 film, The Escapist, which starred Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, and Joseph Fiennes. According to Fleming, he’s just taken on the responsibility of directing the Planet of the Apes prequel for 20th Century Fox, but at the moment no production start date has been given.

The film’s script was penned by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and it will center on the technology that was used to create these super-human, hyper-intelligent apes. It sounds like we’ll see what it was that specifically caused humans to become inferior to the primates and the science behind it.

I loved the original Planet of the Apes and Burton’s remake was OK, but all the sequels and prequels in this series have become redundant to me. If they’re going to do this, I hope it involves a well thought out script and decent actors because bad dialogue and bad performances could spell a major disaster.

What do you think about Rupert Wyatt taking on the Planet of the Apes prequel? Are you interested in seeing another film in the franchise?