Matt Reeves
Reeves in 2014
Born (1966-04-27) April 27, 1966 (age 58)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Occupations
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1994–present
SpouseMelinda Wang
Children1

Matt Reeves (born April 27, 1966) is an American filmmaker who first gained recognition for the WB drama series Felicity (1998–2002), which he co-created with J. J. Abrams. Reeves came to widespread attention for directing the hit monster film Cloverfield (2008). He also directed the vampire drama 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). He directed the superhero film The Batman (2022), which stars Robert Pattinson as the title character.

Early life

Reeves was born on April 27, 1966,[1] in Rockville Centre, New York,[2] on Long Island. He moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was five.

There he became fascinated by movies, making them from the age of eight, directing friends and using a wind-up camera.[2] Reeves met and befriended J. J. Abrams, who also became a filmmaker, when both were 13 years old.[3] A Los Angeles public-access television cable channel, Z Channel, was airing their short films.[4] 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.[3]

Reeves attended the University of Southern California, where he was a screenwriting student for writer Jeph Loeb.[5] Between 1991 and 1992, he produced a student film, Mr. Petrified Forest, which won an award[6] and helped him acquire an agent. He also co-wrote a script that eventually was developed as Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. After graduating, he co-wrote Cloverfield, which he later directed.

Career

Reeves made his directorial film debut with the horror anthology film Future Shock (1994). He also directed the romantic comedy film The Pallbearer (1996), which co-starred Gwyneth Paltrow and David Schwimmer. The film was screened in Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.[7]

Reeves was recognized for co-creating and showrunning the WB drama series Felicity, alongside J. J. Abrams.[8] The series ran for 84 episodes, from 1998 to 2002. Reeves directed several episodes of the series, including the pilot. He also directed episodes of various other television series, including Relativity, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Gideon's Crossing, among others.

Reeves gained further success and international recognition for his direction of the science fiction monster film Cloverfield (2008), which Abrams produced.[9] Reeves later served as an executive producer on 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018).[10]

In September 2008, Reeves was hired to write and direct the vampire film Let Me In, an English-language adaptation of the 2004 novel Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist and a remake of the 2008 Swedish film of the same name.[11][12] The film, a co-production with Hammer Films, was released in the United States on October 1, 2010, by Overture Films.[13]

In April 2011, Reeves signed on to write and direct an adaptation of the Ray Nelson short story "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" for Universal Pictures; the story was previously adapted as the 1988 John Carpenter film They Live.[14] That October, Reeves signed on to direct a film based on the classic television series The Twilight Zone,[15] but he left the project in September 2012.[16]

Reeves was brought on by 20th Century Fox to direct the science-fiction film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.[17] The film became a commercial and critical success and resulted in Reeves signing a three-year production deal with 20th Century Fox.[18] He then returned to write and direct the third film in the series, War for the Planet of the Apes, which was released on July 14, 2017.[19][20]

In January 2018, Reeves moved his production deal to Netflix, signing an exclusive first-look film deal with the company under his 6th & Idaho production banner.[21]

Reeves was set to produce a film adaptation of Mouse Guard, with Wes Ball signed on to direct the film.[22] However, the project was cancelled two weeks before production was set to begin in April 2019, due to Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox.[23]

Reeves served as executive producer on the Fox science fiction thriller series The Passage, which aired for one season.[24] He also executive produced the Amazon Prime Video science fiction drama series Tales from the Loop. The series, based on artwork by Simon Stålenhag, premiered to positive reviews in April 2020.[25][26]

In July 2020, Reeves signed an exclusive, multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television to develop new television programming for all of the company's platforms under his production company, 6th & Idaho.[27] Reeves served as executive producer on the Netflix science-fiction drama series Away (2020), starring Hilary Swank.[28] In August 2022, Reeves signed a multi-year first-look film and television deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.[29]

In April 2022, it was announced Reeves would serve as producer on the heist film Lift, directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Kevin Hart, Úrsula Corberó and Vincent D'Onofrio, for Netflix.[30] The film was released on Netflix on January 12, 2024.[31]

The Batman

In February 2017, Reeves was hired to direct and produce a Batman film, titled The Batman, which would serve as part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). He took over the position from Ben Affleck, who initially planned to stay involved as producer and star before dropping out completely, with Reeves opting to retool the film to separate it completely from the DCEU and focus on a younger incarnation of the character, allowing him the opportunity to create a more personal story in line with his own vision and understanding of the character.[32][33][34][35] Reeves co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Craig, and principal photography commenced in January 2020.[36][37] Premiering in London on February 23, 2022, The Batman was released theatrically on March 4, starring Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne / Batman.[38][39][40] The film is expected to serve as the first installment of a new Batman film trilogy, as well as establish a new shared universe centred on Batman; the first sequel, The Batman Part II, was announced in April 2022 with Reeves returning to write and direct, and will be released in theatres on October 2026.[41][42][43][44]

Upcoming projects

In August 2020, Reeves was announced to be developing a television series adapted from Diane Cook's novel The New Wilderness, in association with Warner Bros. Television.[45]

He has been announced as producing several new works. In September 2020, Reeves was reported to produce a live-action movie of Andy Mcdermott's first novel, The Hunt for Atlantis, a Netflix work.[45] In March 2021, Reeves was announced as producer of an English-language remake of the Russian science fiction film Sputnik, together with Village Roadshow Pictures.[46]

In May 2021, Reeves was confirmed to be serving as an executive producer for a new Batman animated series for HBO Max and Cartoon Network, titled Batman: Caped Crusader, alongside J. J. Abrams and Bruce Timm.[47] However, in August 2022, HBO Max dropped the series, with the show being shopped to other networks; the series was ultimately picked up by Amazon Prime Video in March 2023 with a two-season order; the series will premiere on August 1, 2024.[48][49][50] In February 2022, Reeves was announced as producer of the vampire film Smile for Netflix, with William McGregor directing.[51]

Reeves will also executive produce The Penguin, a limited series spin-off of The Batman for HBO Max, with Colin Farrell reprising his role as Oswald "Oz" Cobblepot/Penguin from the film. Lauren LeFranc will be showrunner.[52]

In January 2023, it was announced Reeves would direct and executive produce a limited series about Buster Keaton starring Rami Malek, with Ted Cohen writing; the project is expected to be based on the biography Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life by James Curtis.[53]

Personal life

Reeves is married to Melinda Wang, a former animator. They have one son together.[2]

Filmography

Short film

Year Title Director Writer Notes
1992 Mr. Petrified Forest Yes Yes Later released as a segment in the anthology Future Shock (1994)

Feature film

Year Title Director Writer Producer
1995 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory No Yes No
1996 The Pallbearer Yes Yes No
2000 The Yards No Yes Co-producer
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
2021 Mother/Android No No Yes
2022 The Batman Yes Yes Yes
2024 Lift No No Yes

Executive producer

Television

Year Title Director Writer Executive
Producer
Notes
1997 Relativity Yes No No Episode: "Billable Hours"
Homicide: Life on the Street Yes No No Episode: "All is Bright"
1998–2002 Felicity Yes No Yes Also creator; Directed 5 episodes
2000 Gideon's Crossing Yes No No Episode: "The Gift"
2003 Miracles Yes No No Episode: "The Ferguson Syndrome"
2006 Conviction Yes No No Episode: "Pilot"
2019 The Passage No No Yes
Surveillance No No Yes Unsold TV pilot
2020 Tales from the Loop No No Yes
Away No No Yes
2021 Ordinary Joe No Yes Yes Creator; co-wrote episode "Way Leads on to Way"
2024 Batman: Caped Crusader No No Yes Co-developed with Bruce Timm and J. J. Abrams; post-production[54]
The Penguin No No Yes post-production[55]

Reception

Critical response

Title Rotten Tomatoes[56] Metacritic[57] CinemaScore[58] Budget Box office[59]
The Pallbearer 48% (21 reviews) $5 million $7.65 million
Cloverfield 78% (213 reviews) 64 (37 reviews) C $25 million $170.8 million
Let Me In 88% (237 reviews) 79 (35 reviews) C+ $20 million $24.1 million
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 91% (318 reviews) 79 (48 reviews) A– $170 million $710.6 million
War for the Planet of the Apes 94% (365 reviews) 82 (50 reviews) A– $150 million $490.7 million
The Batman 85% (508 reviews) 72 (68 reviews) A– $200 million $770.8 million

Accolades

Year Association Work Category Result Ref.
2008 Saturn Awards Cloverfield Filmmakers Showcase Award Won [60]
2010 Fright Meter Awards Let Me In Best Screenplay Won [61]
Best Director Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Feature Nominated [62]
2011 Saturn Awards Best Director Nominated [63]
Best Writing Nominated
2014 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Best Film Nominated [64]
2015 Saturn Awards Best Director Nominated [65]
Empire Awards Best Director Nominated [66]
2018 Saturn Awards War for the Planet of the Apes Best Director Nominated [67]
2022 Hollywood Critics Association Midseason Film Awards The Batman Best Director Nominated [68]
Best Screenplay Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Director Won [69]
Best Writing Nominated

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