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Matthew George "Matt" Reeves (born April 27, 1966) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. Reeves began his career as a screenwriter for the films Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) and The Pallbearer (1996), the latter of which marked his feature-length directorial debut. He then transitioned into television as a director and co-creator of the drama series Felicity (1998–2002) alongside J.J. Abrams. Reeves has since directed the found-footage horror film Cloverfield (2008), the romantic horror film Let Me In (2010), and the science fiction sequels Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). In February 2017, Warner Bros. announced that Reeves would direct The Batman, to be set in the DC Extended Universe.[1][2]

Matt Reeves
Matt Reeves by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Reeves at the 2013 Comic-Con International
Born Matthew George Reeves
(1966-04-27) April 27, 1966 (age 52)
Rockville Centre, New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of Southern California
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
Years active 1994-present
Spouse(s) Melinda Wang (present)
Children 1


Early lifeEdit

Reeves was born in Rockville Centre, New York, and raised in Los Angeles, California. He began making movies at age eight, directing friends and using a wind-up camera. Reeves met and befriended J.J. Abrams when both were 13 years old[3] and a public-access television cable TV channel, Z Channel,[4] was airing their short films. When Reeves and Abrams were about 15, Steven Spielberg hired them to transfer some of his Super 8 films to videotape.[3]

Reeves attended the University of Southern California. There, between 1991 and 1992, he produced an award-winning student film, Mr. Petrified Forest,[5] which helped him acquire an agent; he also co-wrote a script that eventually became Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. After graduating, he co-wrote The Pallbearer, which became his professional directorial debut.


Reeves and Abrams co-created the TV series Felicity,[6] for which Reeves directed several episodes, including the pilot. Reeves has helmed occasional episodes of other TV series, including Homicide: Life on the Street and Relativity.[citation needed]

Reeves directed the 2008 monster movie, Cloverfield, which Abrams produced;[7] Reeves would later executive produce 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox.[8]

He also wrote and directed Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In,[9] which was released on October 1, 2010 by Overture Films.[10] He was a special guest at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con.[11]

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 returned to direct the third film, War for the Planet of the Apes, which was released on July 14, 2017.[12]

Upcoming projectsEdit

Since 2011, Reeves has been 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, previously adapted by John Carpenter as They Live. He will also direct the film and Universal Pictures will produce the film.[13]

In January 2017, it was reported that Ben Affleck had stepped down as director for his co-written, co-produced, and self-starring, The Batman; while also naming Reeves as one of several filmmakers on a shortlist of those the studio and Affleck were jointly considering as a replacement to direct the film.[14] In February 2017, it was announced that he would direct and produce the upcoming film. Production on the film will start sometime in June 2018, in Burbank, California. The film will exist inside the large and expanding DC Extended Universe.[2]

Reeves will produce the adaptation of The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole for 20th Century Fox Animation.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Reeves is married to Melinda Wang, a former animator. They have one son.[16]



Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
1993 Future Shock Yes Yes No Mr. Petrified Forest segment
1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory No Yes No Co-written with Richard Hatem
1996 The Pallbearer Yes Yes No Co-written with Jason Katims
2000 The Yards No Yes No Co-written with James Gray
2008 Cloverfield Yes No No
2010 Let Me In Yes Yes No
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Yes No No
2016 10 Cloverfield Lane No No Executive
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes Yes Yes No Co-written with Mark Bomback
2018 The Cloverfield Paradox No No Executive
TBA The Batman Yes Yes Yes
TBA The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole No No Yes


Year Title Credited as Notes
Creator Showrunner Director Writer Producer
1997 Relativity No No Yes No No Directed Season 1, Episode 14: "Billable Hours"
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street No No Yes No No Directed Season 6, Episode 8: "All is Right"
2000 Gideon's Crossing No No Yes No No Directed Season 1, Episode 1: "The Gift"
1998-2002 Felicity Yes Yes Yes Yes Executive Co-creator with J. J. Abrams
2006 Miracles No No Yes No No Directed Season 1, Episode 1: "The Ferguson Syndrome"
2006 Conviction No No Yes No No Directed Episode 1, Season 1: "Pilot"
2018 The Passage No No No No Executive


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

Film Rotten Tomatoes[17] Metacritic[18] CinemaScore[19] Budget Box office[20]
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% (283 reviews) 79 (48 reviews) A- $170 million $708.8 million
War for the Planet of the Apes 93% (266 reviews) 82 (50 reviews) A- $150 million $486.6 million


  1. ^ Lesnick, Silas (10 February 2017). "Matt Reeves is The Batman Director!". Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "It's Official! Matt Reeves will Direct The Batman". February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Jagernauth, Kevin (22 May 2015). "Kathleen Kennedy's Great Story About How J.J. Abrams And Matt Reeves Met Steven Spielberg As Teenagers". Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Neil Daniels JJ Abrams - A Study in Genius: The Unofficial Biography, p. 54, at Google Books
  5. ^ Campbell, Christopher (7 July 2014). "Watch 'Mr. Petrified Forrest,' the Debut Film By 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Helmer Matt Reeves". Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  6. ^ David Hofstede 5000 Episodes and No Commercials: The Ultimate Guide to TV Shows On DVD, p. 221, at Google Books
  7. ^ "00's Retrospect: Horror Softens Up in 2008". Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Matt Reeves Talks Cloverfield 2". March 13, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Matt Reeves Talks DayCation – Promises a Darker Experience". Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  10. ^ "'DayCation' Dark and More Thrilling Than 'Twilight'". Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  11. ^ "SD Comic-Com 2010: Let Me in Party for Clever Code Crackers". July 16, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Sorry, Ya' Damned Dirty 'Apes,' Next Sequel Moved to 2017 - Bloody Disgusting!". January 6, 2015. 
  13. ^ "They Live Remake Isn't A Remake: Matt Reeves To Direct 8 O'Clock In The Morning". April 12, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 30, 2017). "Ben Affleck Will Not Direct 'The Batman' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Fox Animation Lands 'The Care And Feeding Of A Pet Black Hole' For Matt Reeves To Produce". Deadline. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  16. ^ Wolfe, Alexandra (July 3, 2014). "Director Matt Reeves on 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'" – via 
  17. ^ "Matt Reeves". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Matt Reeves". Metacritic. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  19. ^ "CinemaScore". Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Matt Reeves Movie Box office". Retrieved April 19, 2015. 

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