Sequel News: 'Planet of the Apes 3' Already Has a Director, Plus: 'Paul Blart' Returning to Make Malls Safe Again

Sequel News: 'Planet of the Apes 3' Already Has a Director, Plus: 'Paul Blart' Returning to Make Malls Safe Again

Jan 08, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Twentieth Century Fox is really into this whole Planet of the Apes reboot – and it apparently really digs director Matt Reeves, too.

Deadline has revealed that Reeves, who directed the upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has already been tapped to helm the planned third film in the franchise as well. Guess someone at Fox was really pleased with their screening of his cut of Dawn

No plot details for a third film have been announced, but Reeves will cowrite it with Mark Bomback. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes swings into theaters on July 11, 2014.

Now, from the “oh my god, did we really need another one of these?” file comes news that everyone’s least favorite mall cop is about to return for a sequel. That’s right, kids hanging out harassing old people outside the Cinnabon, Paul Blart is going back on patrol. If you listen closely, you can hear 300 million Americans screaming “why?” in unison.

The answer is one of simple economics. Five years ago, the original Paul Blart: Mall Cop debuted to crushing reviews, but some of you out there couldn’t help yourself and rushed out to see it anyway. Next thing you know, the film had raked in $183 million – making it astounding that this sequel didn’t hit theaters three or four years ago.

The follow-up will see Kevin James reprising his role, but we don’t know much of anything beyond that. The only other detail we’ve got to share so far is that Andy Flickman is in talks to direct, meaning he’d replace first film helmer Steve Carr should he agree to this gig.

Expect the finer details to be hammered out sooner rather than later, because sources indicate Paul Blart 2 will begin filming in April. [via Cinemablend]

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