But franchise cynicism aside, the sequel, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" sounds better and better with each passing day. Sure, there were bumps along the way on the road to development: Wyatt bailed, James Franco said he would not return and "Contagion" writer Scott Z. Burns' script was ditched in favor of one by "Live Free Or Die Hard" screenwriter Mark Bomback, but the list of talent involved is great. "Cloverfield" filmmaker Matt Reeves is directing, "Zero Dark Thirty" breakout star Jason Clarke was recently announced as part of the ensemble and just announced as part of the cast is Kodi Smit-McPhee, the co-lead of Reeves' last excellent vampire drama, "Let Me In."
The now 16-year-old Smit-McPhee also appeared in John Hillcoat's "The Road" and has at least two more interesting project set to come out, including Ari Folman's "The Congress" with Robin Wright and Jake Paltrow's "The Young Ones" with Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning. Also on the way is a new version of "Romeo & Juliet" starring Hailee Steinfeld as adapted by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes wherein Smit-McPhee will play Benvolio.
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is set to arrive in theaters May 23, 2014.