Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt may walk away from the franchise.
Wyatt was tipped to direct the forthcoming sequel-prequel, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, but it would appear the movie's release date - already penned in for May 23 2014 - gives him sufficient concern to leave the project alone.
According to Deadline, Wyatt has made his decision, much like Gary Ross who found himself in a similar situation when asked to return to direct the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.
Ross felt the existence of a release date long before camera began rolling would unnecessarily hinder his efforts.
While both directors did sterling jobs on their respective movies, neither is a marquee name to the extent that fans will be up in arms. But quite how much the critical and commercial hit Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes relied on Wyatt's efforts is impossible to say.
Instead of further ape domination, Wyatt will be helming Agent 13, starring Charlize Theron, and according to Collider, may revisit his project Londongrad, about the murdered former KGB spy Alexander Litvenenko.
Meanwhile, with a script approved and release date set, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes will urgently need a replacement director.