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Matt Reeves (April 27, 1966) is an American filmmaker. After several years working in film and television, Reeves made his cinematic directorial debut with The Pallbearer (1996), starring David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow and Toni Collette. He came to widespread attention with the mainstream hit Cloverfield (2008), going on to helm the romantic horror film remake Let Me In (2010) and the critically acclaimed science fiction sequels Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017).

Matt Reeves
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Reeves in 2014
Born (1966-04-27) April 27, 1966 (age 53)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Melinda Wang

Reeves will write and direct the superhero film The Batman, which is set in the DC Extended Universe and slated for release in 2021.

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 filmmaker J.J. Abrams when both were 13 years old[1] and a public-access television cable channel, Z Channel,[2] was airing their short films. When Reeves and Abrams were 15 or 16 years old, Steven Spielberg hired them to transfer some of his own Super 8 films to videotape.[1]

Reeves attended the University of Southern California. There, between 1991 and 1992, he produced an award-winning student film, Mr. Petrified Forest,[3] 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 Cloverfield which became his professional directorial debut.


Reeves and Abrams co-created the TV series Felicity,[4] for which Reeves directed several episodes, including the pilot. Reeves has helmed occasional episodes of other television series, including Relativity and Homicide: Life on the Street, among others.

Reeves directed the 2008 monster science fiction film, Cloverfield, which Abrams produced;[5] Reeves would later executive produce 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox.[6]

Reeves also wrote and directed Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In,[7] which was released on October 1, 2010 by Overture Films.[8] He was a special guest at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, promoting the film to attendees.[9]

In 2012, it was announced that Reeves would direct a film based on the classic hit TV series The Twilight Zone. He said 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 in order to direct the science fiction film 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 in the series, War for the Planet of the Apes, which was released on July 14, 2017.[10]

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.[11]

In February 2017, Reeves was hired to direct and produce a Batman film set within the DC Extended Universe, titled The Batman.[12][13] As of June 2018, he was writing the screenplay.[14]

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 child who was in the science fiction film War of the Planet of the Apes, and played the orangutan kid (credited ape kid #7).[16]



Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
1993 Future Shock Yes Yes No Segment: "Mr. Petrified Forest"
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
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes Yes Yes No Co-written with Mark Bomback
2021 The Batman Yes Yes Yes Pre-production

Executive Producer


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Writer Executive
1997 Relativity Yes No No Episode "Billable Hours"
Homicide: Life on the Street Yes No No Episode "All is Right"
2000 Gideon's Crossing Yes No No Episode "The Gift"
1998–2002 Felicity Yes Yes Yes Co-creator and showrunner with J. J. Abrams
2006 Miracles Yes No No Episode "The Ferguson Syndrome"
Conviction Yes No No Episode "Pilot"
2019 The Passage No No Yes
Surveillance No No Yes


Critical, public and commercial reception to films Reeves has directed as of July 20, 2018.

Film Rotten Tomatoes[17] Metacritic[18] CinemaScore[19] Budget Box office[20]
The Pallbearer 45% (20 reviews)[21] N/A N/A $5 million $7.65 million[22]
Cloverfield 77% (204 reviews) 64 (37 reviews) C $25 million $170.8 million
Let Me In 88% (226 reviews) 79 (35 reviews) C+ $20 million $24.1 million
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 91% (306 reviews) 79 (48 reviews) A- $170 million $710.6 million
War for the Planet of the Apes 94% (343 reviews) 82 (50 reviews) A- $150 million $490.7 million


  1. ^ a b Kathleen Kennedy in Handy, Bruce (May 20, 2015). "What Star Wars: The Force Awakens Producer Kathleen Kennedy Learned From Working With a Teenage J.J. Abrams". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Neil Daniels JJ Abrams - A Study in Genius: The Unofficial Biography, p. 54, at Google Books
  3. ^ Campbell, Christopher (July 7, 2014). "Watch 'Mr. Petrified Forrest,' the Debut Film By 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Helmer Matt Reeves". Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  4. ^ David Hofstede 5000 Episodes and No Commercials: The Ultimate Guide to TV Shows On DVD, p. 221, at Google Books
  5. ^ "00's Retrospect: Horror Softens Up in 2008". Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  6. ^ "Matt Reeves Talks Cloverfield 2". March 13, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  7. ^ "Matt Reeves Talks DayCation – Promises a Darker Experience". Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  8. ^ "'DayCation' Dark and More Thrilling Than 'Twilight'". Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  9. ^ "SD Comic-Com 2010: Let Me in Party for Clever Code Crackers". July 16, 2010. Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  10. ^ "Sorry, Ya' Damned Dirty 'Apes,' Next Sequel Moved to 2017 - Bloody Disgusting!". January 6, 2015.
  11. ^ "They Live Remake Isn't A Remake: Matt Reeves To Direct 8 O'Clock In The Morning". April 12, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  12. ^ Couch, Aaron (February 23, 2017). "'The Batman': Matt Reeves Closes Deal to Direct and Produce". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  13. ^ McMillan, Graeme (August 24, 2017). "Yes, 'The Batman' Exists in the DC Extended Universe, Director Says". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (June 13, 2018). "Warner Bros. Shifts DC Strategy Amid Executive Change-Up". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  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.
  21. ^ Rotten Tomatoes, "The Pallbearer (1996)". Accessed December 25, 2014.
  22. ^ "The Pallbearer (1996) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2010.

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