By Lindsey Bahr
Updated January 07, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST
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Audiences haven’t seen Dawn of the Planet of the Apes yet, but 20th Century Fox has already decided that director Matt Reeves will return to direct the third installment in the rebooted Apes franchise.

Reeves, known for directing the experimental monster thriller Cloverfield and the English-language remake of Let Me In (which he also wrote), is currently in post-production on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (out July 11, 2014) which finds the ape Caeser (Andy Serkis) in a more powerful position, having amassed an army that threatens to wipe out the remains of the human population. Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell star in Dawn as the humans fighting against the ape forces.

No plot details or release plans were specified in the announcement, but re-signing Reeves for the third film well before the second hits theaters is a vote of confidence for Dawn.

Rupert Wyatt directed 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes which starred James Franco and Serkis. That film earned fairly positive reviews (especially compared with Tim Burton’s ill-fated 2001 take on Planet of the Apes) and went on to gross $176.8 million domestically and $305 million in foreign box office. Fox may have a juggernaut on their hands if the second and third films fare as well, if not better.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 130 minutes
  • Matt Reeves