It is said that Matt Reeves is at the top of the studio's short list, although the others are still in contention. The filmmakers will meet with Fox production president Emma Watts in the near future.
Rupert Wyatt reportedly stepped away from the follow-up because he wasn't comfortable with meeting the May 26, 2014 release date Fox had already set. Studio execs are pleased with the screenplay draft that was turned in by Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released July 11th, 2014 and stars Andy Serkis, Toby Kebbell, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirk Acevedo. The film is directed by Matt Reeves.