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'Planet of the Apes' and the rise of the midstream director switch
'Planet of the Apes' and the rise of the midstream director switch

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is proving to be one highly evolved sequel, outperforming its well-regarded 2011 predecessor, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," with a better-than-expected $73-million opening weekend and excellent reviews to boot. "Dawn" also marks the latest example of a burgeoning trend in the franchise-building business: bringing in a new director to handle the first sequel. Matt Reeves ("Cloverfield," "Let Me In") took the baton from Rupert Wyatt after only one movie. Historically, many of the best blockbuster sequels have been handled by returning directors who built upon the groundwork they laid in the first film...

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