Here’s the quick version: A couple weeks ago it was rumored that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt was not going to return for the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This turned out to be true. Matt Reeves, who previously directed Cloverfield and Let Me In, ended up leaving The Twilight Zone movie he had going at Warner Brothers just as Fox released their director’s shortlist for a Dawn helmer. Reeves was on the list, and now it looks like he’s got the job.

This comes from Deadline Hollywood, and it’s no surprise that he got the job. Some of the others rumored for it (like Rian Johnson and Guillermo del Toro) didn’t seem plausible, and with Reeves leaving the one project it made sense there was something that he purposely left it for.

Currently Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has a May 23, 2014 release date, and so the clock is ticking. That can work for and against a director – the positive is that the studio may concede a bit more to make their date, the negative is that you have to hit the ground running and can’t stop until 5/23/14. Supposedly everyone’s happy with the script, which doesn’t explain why Wyatt left the project. It could be that he wasn’t happy, it could be his experiences on the last film were difficult, or that he felt he wasn’t being given enough respect for the success he had. He’s got another film that’s in development at Universal, and he could just have been more excited about that. We’ll know more when Dawn his theaters in two years.

Why cookie Reeves?