With Rupert Wyatt stepping down from the Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes sequel, the Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes director's chair has been left open. Now, Fox has compiled a shortlist of the directors they'd like to hire to force Andy Serkis to dress up like a stupid dick. It's the usual bunch of dudes with a few lesser knowns thrown in for safety.

On the list are Guillermo del Toro, Matt Reeves, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Juan Antonio Bayona, J. Blakeson, and Jeff Nichols. Let's break it down.

Del Toro is currently busy with Pacific Rim, adapting The Strain for television, as well as executive producing Beauty and the Beast for the CW. Matt Reeves is rumored to top the list which would mean no Cloverfield sequel for a good long while. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo had The Crow fall apart and his Highlander remake isn't on the fast track. Jeff Nichols impressed with Take Shelter, but isn't as well versed with the special effects needed for a film like this. Same with The Disappearance of Alice Creed's J. Blakeson. And, finally, Juan Antonio Bayona seems like a sound choice. The Impossible helmer is no stranger to special effects but it's not like he made a guy dress up like a tidal wave. Those kinds of special effects are a whole other level.

The film currently has a May 2014 release date on the books, which means they need to come to a decision soon, otherwise those monkeys are just going to look silly. (Deadline)