Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves

Reeves at the 2013 Comic-Con International
Born Matthew George Reeves
(1966-04-27) April 27, 1966
Rockville Centre, New York, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer

Matthew George "Matt" Reeves (born April 27, 1966) is an American screenwriter, director and producer.

Early life

Reeves was born in Rockville Centre, New York, and raised in Los Angeles, California. He began making movies at eight years old, directing friends with a wind-up camera. Reeves met and became friends with J.J. Abrams when both were 13 years old, and both were having their short films aired on a public-access television cable TV channel.

Reeves attended the University of Southern California. There, he produced an award-winning student film titled Mr. Petrified Forest, which helped him acquire an agent, and also co-wrote a script that eventually became Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. After graduating, he co-wrote The Pallbearer, which also became his professional directorial debut.


Reeves and Abrams co-created the TV series Felicity, and Reeves directed several of that series episodes, including the pilot, Reeves has helmed the occasional episode of other TV series, including Homicide: Life on the Street and Relativity.

Reeves directed the 2008 monster movie, Cloverfield, which Abrams produced,[1] and will produce the sequel of the film.[2]

He also wrote and directed Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In,[3] which was released on October 1, 2010 by Overture Films.[4] He was a special guest at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con.[5]

In 2012, it was announced that Reeves will direct a movie based on the classic hit TV series The Twilight Zone. He says that the film will have one main story that could relate to the original series. The film was about to develop in summer 2013 but Reeves left the project for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, released in 2014. He is set to return for the third film, which is set for a release on July 14, 2017.[6]

Upcoming projects

Since 2011, Reeves is working on the script of 8 O'Clock in the Morning, a science fiction film based on the short story of same name written by Ray Nelson. He will also direct the film and Universal Pictures will produce the film.[7]

On January 2014, Reeves was rehired by Fox to helm a third Planet of the Apes reboot film, titled War for the Planet of the Apes, along with screenplay to be written by himself and Dawn co-writer Mark Bomback.[8][9]



Critical, public and commercial reception to films Reeves has directed as of April 16, 2015.

Film Rotten Tomatoes[10] Metacritic[11] CinemaScore[12] Budget Box office[13]
The Pallbearer 42% (19 reviews) N/A N/A $8 million $5.7 million
Cloverfield 77% (198 reviews) 64 ( 37 reviews) C $25 million $170.8 million
Let Me In 88% (219 reviews) 79 (35 reviews) C+ $20 million $24.1 million
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 90% (257 reviews) 79 (48 reviews) A- $170 million $708.8 million


  1. "00's Retrospect: Horror Softens Up in 2008". Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  2. "Matt Reeves Talks Cloverfield 2". March 13, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  3. "Matt Reeves Talks DayCation – Promises a Darker Experience". Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  4. "'DayCation' Dark and More Thrilling Than 'Twilight'". Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  5. "SD Comic-Com 2010: Let Me in Party for Clever Code Crackers". July 16, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  6. Sorry, Ya’ Damned Dirty ‘Apes,’ Next Sequel Moved to 2017
  7. "They Live Remake Isn't A Remake: Matt Reeves To Direct 8 O'Clock In The Morning". April 12, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  8. "Matt Reeves To Helm 'Planet Of The Apes 3′". Deadline. January 8, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  9. "Twitter / ERCboxoffice: The damn dirty apes will return". 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  10. "Matt Reeves". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  11. "Matt Reeves". Metacritic. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  12. "CinemaScore". Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  13. "Matt Reeves Movie Box office". Retrieved April 19, 2015.
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