Matt Reeves

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Matt Reeves
Matt Reeves by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Reeves at the 2013 Comic-Con International
Born Matthew George Reeves
(1966-04-27) April 27, 1966 (age 50)
Rockville Centre, New York, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1994-present

Matthew George "Matt" Reeves (born April 27, 1966) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. Reeves began his career as a screenwriter for the films Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) and The Pallbearer (1996), the latter of which he made his feature length directorial debut with. He then transitioned into television as a director and co-creator of the drama series Felicity (1998–2002) alongside J.J. Abrams. Reeves has since directed the found footage horror film Cloverfield (2008), the romantic horror film Let Me In (2010), and the science fiction sequels Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). In February of 2017, it was announced that he would direct The Batman, which will be set in the DC Extended Universe starring Ben Affleck as the titular character.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Reeves was born in Rockville Centre, New York, and raised in Los Angeles, California. He began making movies at eight years old, directing friends with a wind-up camera. Reeves met and became friends with J.J. Abrams when both were 13 years old,[3] and both were having their short films aired on a public-access television cable TV channel, called Z Channel.[4] When Reeves and Abrams were about 15, Steven Spielberg hired them to transfer some of his Super 8 films on to tape.[3]

Reeves attended the University of Southern California. There, he produced an award-winning student film titled Mr. Petrified Forest between 1991 and 1992,[5] which helped him acquire an agent, and also co-wrote a script that eventually became Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. After graduating, he co-wrote The Pallbearer, which also became his professional directorial debut.

Career[edit]

Reeves and Abrams co-created the TV series Felicity,[6] and Reeves directed several of that series episodes, including the pilot, Reeves has helmed the occasional episode of other TV series, including Homicide: Life on the Street and Relativity.[citation needed]

Reeves directed the 2008 monster movie, Cloverfield, which Abrams produced,[7] and Reeves produced the 2016 sequel to the film.[8]

He also wrote and directed Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In,[9] which was released on October 1, 2010 by Overture Films.[10] He was a special guest at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con.[11]

In 2012, it was announced that Reeves will direct a movie based on the classic hit TV series The Twilight Zone. He says that the film will have one main story that could relate to the original series. The film was about to develop in summer 2013 but Reeves left the project for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, released in 2014. He returned to direct the third film, War for the Planet of the Apes, which is set for a release on July 14, 2017.[12]

In January of 2017, it was reported that Ben Affleck had stepped down as director for his co-written, co-produced, and self-starring, The Batman; while also naming Reeves as one of several filmmakers on a shortlist of those the studio and Affleck were jointly considering as a replacement to direct the film.[13] In February of 2017, it was announced that he would direct the Batman film in the DC Extended Universe.[14][15]

Upcoming projects[edit]

Since 2011, Reeves has been working on the script of 8 O'Clock in the Morning, a science fiction film based on the short story of same name written by Ray Nelson. He will also direct the film and Universal Pictures will produce the film.[16]

In January 2014, Reeves was signed on to return to the rebooted Planet of the Apes film series, to helm the third installment titled, War for the Planet of the Apes. The screenplay was written by himself and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes co-writer Mark Bomback.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Reeves is married to Melinda Wang, a former animator. They have one son.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical, public and commercial reception to films Reeves has directed as of April 16, 2015.

Film Rotten Tomatoes[20] Metacritic[21] CinemaScore[22] Budget Box office[23]
The Pallbearer 42% (19 reviews) N/A N/A $8 million $5.7 million
Cloverfield 77% (198 reviews) 64 (37 reviews) C $25 million $170.8 million
Let Me In 88% (219 reviews) 79 (35 reviews) C+ $20 million $24.1 million
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 90% (257 reviews) 79 (48 reviews) A- $170 million $708.8 million
War for the Planet of the Apes TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesnick, Silas (10 February 2017). "Matt Reeves is The Batman Director!". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "It's Official! Matt Reeves will Direct The Batman". Comingsoon.net. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Jagernauth, Kevin (22 May 2015). "Kathleen Kennedy's Great Story About How J.J. Abrams And Matt Reeves Met Steven Spielberg As Teenagers". indiewire.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Neil Daniels JJ Abrams - A Study in Genius: The Unofficial Biography, p. 54, at Google Books
  5. ^ Campbell, Christopher (7 July 2014). "Watch 'Mr. Petrified Forrest,' the Debut Film By 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Helmer Matt Reeves". filmschoolrejects.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  6. ^ David Hofstede 5000 Episodes and No Commercials: The Ultimate Guide to TV Shows On DVD, p. 221, at Google Books
  7. ^ "00's Retrospect: Horror Softens Up in 2008". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Matt Reeves Talks Cloverfield 2". Dreadcentral.com. March 13, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Matt Reeves Talks DayCation – Promises a Darker Experience". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  10. ^ "'DayCation' Dark and More Thrilling Than 'Twilight'". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "SD Comic-Com 2010: Let Me in Party for Clever Code Crackers". Dreadcentral.com. July 16, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ Sorry, Ya’ Damned Dirty ‘Apes,’ Next Sequel Moved to 2017
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 30, 2017). "Ben Affleck Will Not Direct 'The Batman' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  14. ^ Lesnick, Silas (10 February 2017). "Matt Reeves is The Batman Director!". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "It's Official! Matt Reeves will Direct The Batman". Comingsoon.net. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  16. ^ "They Live Remake Isn't A Remake: Matt Reeves To Direct 8 O'Clock In The Morning". pajiba.com. April 12, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Matt Reeves To Helm 'Planet Of The Apes 3′". Deadline. January 8, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Twitter / ERCboxoffice: The damn dirty apes will return". Twitter.com. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  19. ^ https://www.wsj.com/articles/director-matt-reeves-on-dawn-of-the-planet-of-the-apes-1404417101
  20. ^ "Matt Reeves". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Matt Reeves". Metacritic. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  22. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Matt Reeves Movie Box office". boxofficemojo.com. Amazon.com. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 

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