Matt Reeves

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Matt Reeves
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Reeves in 2014
Born (1966-04-27) April 27, 1966 (age 55)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationFilmmaker
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Melinda Wang
Children1

Matt Reeves (born April 27, 1966) is an American filmmaker, director, producer and screenwriter. He first gained recognition for the WB drama series Felicity (1998–2002), which he co-developed with J. J. Abrams. Reeves came to widespread attention for directing the hit monster film Cloverfield (2008), going on to helm the romantic horror film Let Me In (2010) and the critically acclaimed science fiction sequels Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). He directed the upcoming superhero film The Batman (2022), which stars Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman.

Early life[edit]

Reeves was born on April 27, 1966,[1] in Rockville Centre, New York,[2] on Long Island. He moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was five, where he began making movies at age eight, directing friends and using a wind-up camera.[2] Reeves met and befriended filmmaker J. J. Abrams when both were 13 years old[3] and a Los Angeles public-access television cable channel, Z Channel,[4] was airing their short films. When Reeves and Abrams were 15 or 16 years old, Steven Spielberg hired them to transfer some of his own Super 8 films to videotape.[3]

Reeves attended the University of Southern California where he was a screenwriting student for writer Jeph Loeb.[5] There, between 1991 and 1992, he produced an award-winning student film, Mr. Petrified Forest,[6] which helped him acquire an agent; he also co-wrote a script that eventually became Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. After graduating, he co-wrote Cloverfield which he later directed.

Career[edit]

Reeves made his directorial film debut with the horror anthology film Future Shock, which was released in 1994. He also directed the romantic comedy film The Pallbearer (1996), which co-starred Gwyneth Paltrow and David Schwimmer. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.[7]

Reeves received recognition for co-creating and showrunning the WB drama series Felicity, alongside J. J. Abrams.[8] The series ran for 84 episodes from 1998 to 2002. Reeves directed several episodes of the series, including the pilot. He helmed episodes of various other television series, including Relativity, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Gideon's Crossing, among others.

Reeves gained further success and worldwide recognition for directing the 2008 science fiction monster film Cloverfield, which Abrams produced.[9] Reeves later served as an executive producer on 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018).[10] He wrote and directed the romantic horror film Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In.[11] The remake was released on October 1, 2010, by Overture Films.[12]

In October 2011, Reeves signed on to direct a film based on the classic television series The Twilight Zone,[13] but he left the project in September 2012.[14] Reeves directed the acclaimed science fiction film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was released to box office success in 2014.[15] He returned to direct and write the third film in the series, War for the Planet of the Apes, which was released on July 14, 2017 to critical acclaim.[16][17] In 2014, Reeves signed a three-year production deal with 20th Century Fox.[18]

Reeves was set to produce a film adaptation of Mouse Guard, with Wes Ball signed on to direct the film.[19] However, the project was cancelled two weeks before production was set to begin in April 2019, due to Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox.[20] Reeves served as executive producer on the Fox science fiction thriller series The Passage, which aired for one season.[21] He also executive produced the Amazon Prime Video science fiction drama series Tales from the Loop. The series, based on artwork by Simon Stålenhag, premiered to positive reviews in April 2020.[22][23]

In July 2020, Reeves signed an exclusive, multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television to develop new television programming for all of the company's platforms under his production company, 6th & Idaho.[24] Reeves served as executive producer on the Netflix science-fiction drama series Away (2020), starring Hilary Swank.[25]

Upcoming projects[edit]

In February 2017, Reeves was hired to direct and produce a Batman film, titled The Batman.[26][27] He co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig, and principal photography commenced in January 2020.[28][29] The Batman is scheduled to be released on March 4, 2022, and will star Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman.[30][31] In May 2021, Reeves was confirmed to be producing a new Batman animated series for HBO Max and Cartoon Network, titled Batman: Caped Crusader, along with J. J. Abrams and Bruce Timm.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Reeves is married to Melinda Wang, a former animator. They have one son together.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1994 Future Shock Yes Yes No Segment: "Mr. Petrified Forest"
1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory No Yes No Co-written with Richard Hatem
1996 The Pallbearer Yes Yes No Co-written with Jason Katims
2000 The Yards No Yes Co-producer Co-written with James Gray
2008 Cloverfield Yes No No
2010 Let Me In Yes Yes No
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Yes No No
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes Yes Yes No Co-written with Mark Bomback
2022 The Batman Yes Yes Yes Co-written with Peter Craig; post-production

Executive producer

Producer only

Television[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Executive
Producer
Notes
1997 Relativity Yes No No Episode: "Billable Hours"
Homicide: Life on the Street Yes No No Episode: "All is Bright"
1998–2002 Felicity Yes No Yes Co-creator with J. J. Abrams; directed 5 episodes
2000 Gideon's Crossing Yes No No Episode: "The Gift"
2003 Miracles Yes No No Episode: "The Ferguson Syndrome"
2006 Conviction Yes No No Episode: "Pilot"
2019 The Passage No No Yes
Surveillance No No Yes Unsold TV pilot
2020 Tales from the Loop No No Yes
Away No No Yes
2021 Ordinary Joe No Yes Yes Creator; co-wrote episode "Way Leads on to Way"

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Title Rotten Tomatoes[33] Metacritic[34] CinemaScore[35] Budget Box office[36]
The Pallbearer 45% (20 reviews) N/A N/A $5 million $7.65 million
Cloverfield 77% (212 reviews) 64 (37 reviews) C $25 million $170.8 million
Let Me In 88% (237 reviews) 79 (35 reviews) C+ $20 million $24.1 million
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 90% (315 reviews) 79 (48 reviews) A– $170 million $710.6 million
War for the Planet of the Apes 94% (355 reviews) 82 (50 reviews) A– $150 million $490.7 million
The Batman N/A N/A N/A $100 million N/A

Accolades[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2008 Saturn Awards Filmmakers Showcase Award Cloverfield Won [37]
2010 Fright Meter Awards Best Screenplay Let Me In Won [38]
Best Director Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Feature Nominated [39]
2011 Saturn Awards Best Director Nominated [40]
Best Writing Nominated
2014 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Best Film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Nominated [41]
2015 Saturn Awards Best Director Nominated [42]
Empire Awards Best Director Nominated [43]
2018 Saturn Awards Best Director War for the Planet of the Apes Nominated [44]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Neil Daniels J. J. Abrams - A Study in Genius: The Unofficial Biography, p. 54, at Google Books
  5. ^ @mattreevesLA (April 19, 2018). "Fun fact: Jeph Loeb was one of my screenwriting teachers at @usc" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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