After giving us all a very, very pleasant surprise with Rise of the Planet of the Apes last summer, director Rupert Wyatt seemed poised to deliver us an equally awesome sequel. But now it seems that could all be slipping away, because rumor has it Wyatt's leaving the flick.
Deadline's Mike Fleming reported Monday that Wyatt is set to leave the Apes sequel over concerns that he can't make the film work in time for its May, 2014 release date. The news (if it's true) comes just days after Fox exec Tom Rothman, who championed genre flicks like Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Prometheus, announced that he's leaving the studio at the end of the year. We don't know if those two departures are connected (Fox hasn't commented on Wyatt yet), but it's definitely a blow to the cohesiveness of a budding sci-fi franchise.
Then again, this doesn't mean the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is doomed. Screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who penned the first flick, have already turned in a sequel script that Fox is reportedly happy with, and in the hands of the right director the next installment could turn out just fine. Of course, that's assuming this rumor is true.
What do you think? Is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doomed without Wyatt? Who would you call in to fill the void?