It's being reported that director Rupert Wyatt will not be returning to direct the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Deadline reports that the reason for Rupert Wyatt not returning is because of scheduling, that Wyatt cannot make the May 23, 2014 release date that the studio wants.
If true, the news would be shocker and a real disappointment as Rupert Wyatt's first Apes movie was the sleeper hit of 2011, going on to amass $483 million wordwide. The movie saw its weekend debut come in at $54 million domestically with $77.4 million worldwide.
Rupert Wyatt has already come out and stated that he has ideas for the sequel, with a script finished by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, ranging from a "Full Metal Jacket" Apes story to how the Apes are taking over and then interacting with humans.
Deadline also notes that this is similar to what happened with Gary Ross and The Hunger Games, in that Ross had trouble with the release date with Catching Fire.
Apparently Fox should have no problem replacing Rupert Wyatt as it's stated they like the script; in addition to seeing how well the first was received, a new director should be on soon.