Matt Reeves 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).
Reeves will direct, write and produce the upcoming superhero film The Batman (2021), which is set in the DC Universe.
Reeves 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 and a public-access television cable channel, Z Channel, 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.
Reeves attended the University of Southern California. There, between 1991 and 1992, he produced an award-winning student film, Mr. Petrified Forest, 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, 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; Reeves later served as an executive producer on 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox. Reeves wrote and directed Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In, which was released on October 1, 2010, by Overture Films.
In October 2011, Reeves signed on to direct a film based on the classic television series The Twilight Zone, but he left the project in September 2012. Reeves directed 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 and write the third film in the series, War for the Planet of the Apes, which was released on July 14, 2017.
In February 2017, Reeves was hired to direct and produce a Batman film, titled The Batman. He co-wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin, and principal photography commenced in January 2020. The Batman is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021, and will star Robert Pattinson.
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. Reeves will produce the adaptation of The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole for 20th Century Fox Animation.
Reeves is married to Melinda Wang, a former animator. They have one son together.