‘Ant-Man’ Not Shooting in Edgar Wright’s Homeland But Will Embrace His Style

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:25 am,

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Screen Rant has visited Shepperton Studios and its parent Pinewood Studios just outside of London, England on several occasion for films like 47 Ronin and Thor: The Dark World. Disney and Marvel Studios have a particular fondness for the UK-based production facilities, having shot Captain America: The First AvengerThor 2 and most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy there, and currently shooting Cinderella and planning to shoot Star Wars: Episode VII next year. Brit writer-director Edgar Wright was supposed to continue the trend by shooting Ant-Man there next year as well but that’s no longer the case.

Ant-Man is a strange property for Marvel, a young studio aiming to venture out into riskier projects by diving into some of the most obscure stories and characters in Marvel Comics. In fact, the only reason it’s even being adapted to film is because of Edgar Wright, who’s been attached to the project for a better part of a decade.

The film finally got an official release date last year for November 2015 and was recently pushed forward to July 2015, where it will release just two months after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. With its schedule now a tad more tight, shooting will begin next year, overlapping with production on The Avengers 2. Both films will shoot in the U.S..

We’ve heard from Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige multiple times on the lengthy development time for Ant-Man, a film which was part of the very first Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel back in 2006, where director Edgar Wright actually appeared on stage. Ant-Man wasn’t ever a part of Marvel’s early strategy, launching a franchise beginning with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, teasing the idea that one day they could come together with other heroes and form The Avengers on screen.

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It was Wright’s creativity however, his personal passion for the Ant-Man character and his unique ideas and filming style that grabbed Feige and co.’s interest and so they began working on a script. The screenplay has been revised and revised over years now, and with the Cornetto Trilogy under his belt and the latest installment (The World’s End) seeing greater success than its predecessors, the timing is perfect. Marvel and The Avengers are bigger than ever and these brands can finally help put Wright’s “different” movie into action. Speaking with Fandango, Wright reiterates that Ant-Man - much like Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy – will be creator-driven and the director’s DNA will shine through.

“I like the challenge of doing something slightly different. I think there will be some elements of my previous movies in there, and I think that’s why Marvel wanted me to do it in the first place. I don’t think they hired me to do something completely anonymous. So it’s fun – it’s got lots of new elements. I’m excited about it.”

As for the business side of things, Ant-Man, as we said above, will no longer be shooting in Wright’s homeland. The Pinewood Studios Group and their aging studios, seeing record-breaking revenue this year, are simply at capacity and it’s a two-fold issue. On the one hand, the UK tax incentives are bringing some of the world’s biggest film productions and keeping them busy, but their plans to expand were denied. Deadline reports that their bids have been thwarted by the government because the expansion plans involve protected lands. In the meantime, they’ve converted warehouses to add more available square footage for stage work – one of these is where 24: Live Another Day is shooting.

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Speaking with ScreenDaily for the home video release of The World’s End, Wright touched on the location change.

 “Ironically, Ant Man was meant to shoot in London but London is full because I guess that Pinewood extension got turned down.”

“While the tax break is good for Hollywood films shooting here, it’s probably not that great for British films shooting in the UK. Some middle-to-low budget films are going to find themselves without crew because all the American films are shooting here.”

With the UK a hot spot for recent Hollywood and television activity, the worst thing for the Pinewood group is for them not to be able to take advantage and enhance their facilities to continue growth and keep bringing in the big projects. Losing Ant-Man may be an eye-opener during the appeal process.

As for the film itself, casting is currently underway with names including Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd earning the most rumor buzz as of late. From our chat with Kevin Feige, we can expect to hear more on the casting front relatively soon.

The project has been described as a “heist” film and Edgar Wright showcased concept footage at Comic-Con to give fans an idea of what sort of action sequences can be designed around the character’s size-changing abilities. Which Ant-Man characters from the books, what other abilities he may or may not have, and his potential future involvement with The Avengers all remain mysteries at this point.


Thor: The Dark World is currently in theaters, Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Radioactive Man for the villain…

    • Some day let’s see Whirlwind (The Human Top) fight Quicksilver…two super-speedsters!
      (And Flash fight Professor Zoom, the Reverse-Flash, as well).

  2. If its true that Wright is sticking to the origins story, Crossfire will be the villain.

    • @ BectonD, ok I remember this guy now. I always wonder why DC’s Deadshot always reminded me of a certain character. TY ^-^

  3. Ant-Man>>>Uncle-Man>>>The Man From U.N.C.L.E.>>>!!!I’ve solved it..we are getting The Man From U.N.C.L.E. From Marvel! What a clever boy am I?!?!

  4. Henry (Hank) Pym as Goliath or Giant-Man for Avengers, now! (& Wasp, too!).

  5. Gerald Butler as THE PUNISHER!

    • Oh… my… God.
      You are a genius. I would love that.

    • he won’t do the role as better as thomas jane

  6. One of Marvel’s earliest characters.

    Henry Pym first appeared in Marvel’s Tales To Astonish #27…… in 1959!! His first appearance as Ant-Man was in TTA #35 also in 1959.

    He’s older than the Fantastic Four which appeared in 1961 or Spiderman in 1962.

    • Ant-Man first appeared in 1962 (as both pym and ant-man)

    • There was some story called “the man in the ant hill” that Stan Lee cited as part inspiration for the idea. Maybe that is what he’s referring too.

      I think the costume was basically Jack Kirby’s Spider-man design, before it was rejected for Steve Ditko’s. I’m gonna Google this, but there’s a lot of talk.

      • Man in the Ant Hill is where Pym first appeared released in 1962

    • And he’s STILL getting the shaft by not being Ant-Man OR a part of the Avengers. Go figure.

  7. Paul rudd for ant-man.

    • +1

  8. I was really excited for Ant-Man but now I’m really starting to worry about it as it’s sounding at the moment it’s gonna be more about Scott Lang than Hank Pym.

    • Yeah, unfortunately the ANT-MAN moniker has been used by 3 different person already, plus the fact that Hank Pym kept changing name into his current YellowJacket.
      So I understand your worry, but hey… let’s just enjoy it whatever happens.

      • Hank Pym hasn’t been Yellowjacket since “Avengers disassembled” way back in 2005. We did see Yellowjacket after that, but it was a Skrull impostor. Then he took on the Wasp mantle for a while, and his last superhero incarnation was Giant-Man (which is my favourite). Nowadays, he doesn’t seem to bear any alias, but still has his powers though.

    • Though, the plot could be used to even the Henry “Hank” Pym (Alongside Janet van Dyne/The Wasp) and Scott Edward Harris Lang stories. And on the “What villain/villains could appear in ‘ANT-MAN’” subject, sometime ago Edgar Wright mentioned that the “Ant-Men’s” enemy’s ability will come from the technology the Ant-Men uses. That will be from none other than the Ant-Men’s Ant-Helmet and their ability to change their mass.

      In 2011, Simon Pegg mentioned that he cares to portray any Ant-Man’s enemy. Pegg has the look for Elihas Starr/Egghead, whom was Hank Pym’s most challenging enemy under Ultron and over David Cannon/Whirlwind and once made a device that was able to communicate towards ants. Erik Josten/Atlas (A criminal who gained the ability to become a giant) or Michael Stockton/Dr. Nemesis (A scientist whom worked alongside Advanced Idea Mechanics/A.I.M. and stole Henry’s tech to gain mass and weight shifting abilities) would help cause an awesome battle scene towards Hank while being Giant Man.

      • From what you just said now I really do hope that it’s Hank Pym because I want the original Ant-Man to be in the film they should make three movies with Hank Pym being Ant-Man and in the fourth movie then they should introduce Scott Lang to become the new Ant-Man that way we could have Hank with the Avengers as Yellow Jacket/Giant Man and Scott Lang in his own solo movies as Ant-Man

    • I’m worried it’s going to turn into a bone-headed comedy. Giant-Man/Ant-Man/Goliath/Yellowjacket was always a pretty serious character in the early comics…and a darned useful one at that. If they are going to make an off-center comedy out of it, maybe they need to cast Ryan Reynolds going to Wasp, “I grew really big! I know, right?!” or something, like RR in Green Lantern. (Incidently as a side note, I liked Green Lantern , but an over-abundance of needless not-funny comedy was perhaps it’s weakest point). Maybe it’s time to reboot this character already, and the movie has not come out yet (if that is the way it is going). And it should be chiefly about Hank Pym, not Scott Lang. Personally, Goliath is one of my favorite Avengers and I want to see him treated seriously, respectfully, and coherently. That means he gets a big part (no pun off of Goliath or Giant-Man intended), and has a significant presence on the Avengers team.

      • ryan reynolds is already deadpool

  9. Really curious on where they film this, something tells me it won’t be a Clevland setting where they otherwise film.

    I wonder if this will mark thee return of Marvel Studios to Canada for the first time since TIH?

  10. “With its schedule now a tad more tight, shooting will begin next year, overlapping with production on The Avengers 2. Both films will shoot in the U.S..”

    Wait, really? I thought Age of Ultron will be shooting in London? That’s a nice news though, if both films are shooting in different side of the world, chances for exchanging cameo will be difficult XD.

    Anyway, I’m glad Paul Rudd is the current front-runner. I hope Marvel announced it officially before any of the comic book newssite gets it out first.

  11. Who says this is leaving the Pinewood Group? I would think that if they couldn’t film it in London, they’d try and position it at a sister property. Pinewood has a studio in Toronto, where Pacific Rim was filmed. They are also building a studio outside Atlanta that I’d swear I’d read was supposed to open in early 2014. Might it film there?

  12. Eff it ! just make it happen

  13. Have claw be villian to set up black panther

  14. Where’s your source that says the film (Avengers 2) is shooting in the U.S.?

  15. This is being filmed at Pinewood Fayetteville, Georgia, just outside Atlanta.