"Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" helmer Rupert Wyatt is in early talks to take on the gig, though there are some caveats on place. If Sony still wants to make that April 11, 2014 date, scheduling could be an issue. Wyatt is slated to helm the AMC pilot "Turn" and recent weeks have seen "Birdsong," his dream WWI project which he has been developing for years, build steam, nabbing Nicholas Hoult in the lead. And then there's the issue of his contract with Fox, to whom he still owes one more picture -- he would basically have to negotiate this one-off deal, if he signs.
So chalk it all up to: maybe. There are a few hurdles to cross before Wyatt takes the helm of the adaptation of the 1980s TV show your Dad totally loves. But a Wyatt and Washington pairing would be a compelling one nonetheless, and we're likely to hear soon if this all works out. [Deadline]