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Fox Signs ‘Planet of Apes’ Director Matt Reeves to Overall Deal

Twentieth Century Fox has closed a three-year overall production deal with “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves.

The studio made the announcement Friday, noting that the first-look deal has been in the works for months and pre-dated the success of “Apes,” which has grossed $370 million worldwide in three weeks of release.

“We are thrilled Matt has decided to make Fox his home,” said production president Emma Watts. “We have long admired his bold, intelligent approach to filmmaking. I know our collaboration on ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is just the beginning of many great things to come.”

It’s the 26th first-look deal at Fox, which is the home to James Cameron, Ben Stiller, Ridley Scott, Peter Chernin, “Twilight” producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen and “Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this new partnership with Fox,” Reeves said. “Making ‘Dawn’ was an incredible experience for me because, despite its scale, I was allowed to make the film with true passion.”

Reeves broke out with 2008’s “Cloverfield,” which set a domestic record for a January release and went on to gross more than $175 million worldwide, then followed with 2010’s “Let Me In,” a remake of the Swedish horror film “Let the Right One In.”

He’s represented by CAA, Howard Klein at 3Arts and Karl Austen at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.

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