‘Ant-Man’ Script May Be Nearing Completion

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 19th, 2013 at 12:39 pm,

Director Joe Cornish’s comedic alien invasion flick Attack the Block was a hit with SXSW attendees this past weekend, which only bodes well for his next collaboration with Edgar Wright on the Ant-Man screenplay. Wright revealed a few months back that he’s in the midst of pounding out a new draft of the comic book movie’s script, and there’s been speculation that the film could even begin production later this year.

Now the two gentlemen charged with realizing the often miniaturized super sleuth Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym on the big screen have provided an update on their progress – and revealed that their Ant-Man movie has been in development for longer than you might think.

Cornish and Wright sat down with The Playlist and had the following to offer, with respect to their Ant-Man pic:

“We kinda have a stock response now, it’s true to say we’ve been writing it in some form. Weirdly, the treatment for ‘Ant-Man’ exists before Marvel Studios. There was a treatment that Joe and I did when Artisan had the kind of lower-rung Marvel properties and we wrote a treatment for it that exists before ‘Hot Fuzz’.

“Basically, when I met Kevin Feige I said, ‘Oh, did you ever get our ‘Ant-Man’ treatment?’ and he had never read it so we submitted it properly like four years later. So it’s something me and Joe have genuinely been working on for nearly a decade and at some point we’ll finish the script.”

Edgar Wright talks Ant Man movie screenplay Ant Man Script May Be Nearing Completion

The Avengers (sans Ant-Man) arrives next summer and Wright has spoken out before about why the character was not included in director Joss Whedon’s superhero ensemble adventure:

“The thing is, the script that I’ve written… the chronology of it or the way it works wouldn’t really fit in with what [The Avengers] do. And my film is very much an introduction to [Ant-Man], and so it wasn’t something where it felt right to introduce him in [Whedon's] film.”

Wright has described his Ant-Man as being “essentially a high-tech spy heist film with somebody with a very particular power.” That description also brings to mind Shane Black’s recent comments about Iron Man 3 being like a Tom Clancy thriller. Based off Black and Wright’s (see what I did there?) previous work, both of their upcoming comic book titles are expected to be in part comedic. Could they also mark the beginning of a trend in which Marvel titles become grittier and more realistic in terms of their plot structure – shrinking men and metal armor suits aside?

Ant Man and Iron Man movies Ant Man Script May Be Nearing Completion

Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Feige previously announced that Ant-man would not commence production until after The Avengers. Wright’s flick could still conceivably make it to theaters next year, or Marvel may hold off so as to deliver a one-two punch in 2013 with Iron Man‘s next outing and Ant-Man’s first appearance.

Stay tuned to learn more about when Ant-Man might begin production over the upcoming months.

Source: The Playlist

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  1. boring. enough with the constant updated articles. just make it already.

  2. Good to hear they’re finally getting close to completion on the script. Would be nice to have Ant-Man as part of the Marvel Universe soon, especially as he’s actually one of the first to appear in the comics.

  3. Who do you think will play Pym? Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds??

    • Nathan Fillion CMON! That Adrian Brody rumor from way back wouldn’t be too bad of a pick, not the perfect choice but he’s a great actor.

      Both Pym and Lang will be in this film though, so….

  4. I will not support this movie

    • I will see it if it ever gets done, but I find this character tricky to flesh out. I think they should have introduced him in the Avengers perhaps as Hawkeye/special agent sort of thing.

  5. @Taylor D,

    Why not? Wright has made some of the best movies of the past decade! His stamp on a peculiar super-hero is perfect! Ant-Man may not be a household name but he is such an interesting character. I’m a little concerned that he would cast Simon Pegg as Dr. Pym(kidding of course!) I’m pumped for it! Now we just need Kevin Smith to write/direct a Deadpool movie.

  6. Im not to familiar with this hero, but if can only shrink, then it will kinda suck unless its a spy (more or less) movie… If he is more like yellowjacket(I think that is the right name) where he grows moreso then shrink (I think that is right too)… That being said, I hope this movie gets done before the second avengers movie…

    then they can take on Ultron… :)

    • Since this will be a Marvel/Disney production, I will definitely see this movie. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was an excellent movie, creatively speaking. Edgar Wright will bring something special to Ant-Man and I feel Marvel/Disney will allow him to do so.

  7. @ brandon

    In The Ultimates Hank can control ants and indeed gets taller. His wife, Wasp, gets smaller and can fly

  8. by the time this film ever gets going,i’ll be 50 yrs old and all of the avengers would have had kids..this is ridiculous..why is marvel still screwing around with Wright?..get some new writers involved already!!!

  9. I will only support this movie if they put him into the Avengers in some fashion FIRST. It is completely asinine to not have one of the Avengers FOUNDING members (and about the only one I might add) as part of the starting movie.

    The Avengers without Antman is akin to doing the JL movie without Batman.

  10. I will watch and probably buy this movie (like I do with most super hero movies if they are any good). However, not sure if Ant-Man can support a movie solo. I’d rather see an Avengers movie with him as Goliath (Hank Pym in the blue and yellow duds), co-starring with Captain America, Quicksilver, Wasp, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch. AND–all of them in their original 1960s costumes! Solo, some baddie might take Pymsy out with a can of Black Flag or some Raid!

  11. It seems like they don’t really care for the source material.

    unfortunate, there’s a lot to work with here. Pym is one of the more interesting Avengers. Especially if they were to treat it like a real “scientisty” movie, you know, like Hollow Man meets Dr. Frankenstein.

    The great thing about PyM? he always had a self-interested motive. As I said before, half Egghead corrupt his creation, Ultron and Pym has to travel inside the defensive systems of Ultron and then be defeated, having to learn to grow instead of shrink and with WASP’s and some insects help, become victorious.

    There’s a great funny, innovative movie here. I just wish it was taken more seriously. If Wright has been on this project for a decade, where’s the passion for Pym?

  12. Sorry, but only the true comic fans are going to see this, does anyone really think an average movie goer is gonna head to the box office with his girlfriend and say “I’ll have two tickets to Ant-Man please” Yeah right.
    And no, it isnt just the same as Spider-Man or Batman, as they are characters well established in the cultural pysche.

  13. Stuart – im not supporting it because he wants to put hank pym in the sixties and scott lang in the present day and that will cause inconsistencies in the timeline because the thor movie makes a reference to hank pym and thor takes place in the present day.