Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt was supposed to direct the sequel to the film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but apparently he's left the project. This is a bloody shame because Wyatt did a hell of a job with the first film! I loved what he did with it, and I was looking forward to seeing his vision of the next installment of the story he started.
According to Deadline, the reason behind this news was that Wyatt didn’t feel comfortable making the film by the May 23rd, 2014 release date that the studio announced last May. That seems like plenty of time to get the film made, unless he's planned on making another film during that time. There's no clarification on that. The script was already completed by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and the studio loves it. There's obviously some strange things happening over at Fox, and they won't comment or confirm, which means it's not 100% certain that Wyatt is walking away from the project just yet.
It's not like Wyatt doesn't have anything else going on though. He's also attached to direct a film called Agent 13 for Universal with Charlize Theron. There's no information on when that will go into production though.
I hope Wyatt doesn't end up leaving the project because he has a solid handle on the story that needs to be told. If Wyatt does leave, who do you think would be a good choice to take his place in the director's chair?