Marvel Studios had a busier-than-usual two weeks, having to add in a rushed director search in the middle or shooting The Avengers: The Age of Ultron, locking down a director for Doctor Strange and promoting Guardians of the Galaxy. After the unexpected last-minute parting ways between Edgar Wright and Marvel over creative differences in the direction of Ant-Man, Marvel Studios needed to find someone quickly in order to meet their summer production start date and keep the film's July 2015 release.
The situation and the search created plenty of headlines as we heard of eight different names, all with comedy backgrounds, either talking or being looked at by Marvel Studios to take the Ant-Man director's chair. One of the first names to reportedly be offered the gig was Adam McKay (Anchorman 1 & 2, The Other Guys) who some said stepped out of talks. As we learned just now, officially through Marvel, McKay is on board, but he won't be directing.
McKay will be helping with the script - the central issue that made Wright leave the project in the first place - while Peyton Reed (The Break-Up, Yes Man) will direct. We first reported that Reed was being looked at - alongside David Wain (Role Models, Wanderlust) - yesterday but sources put Reed as the frontrunner. That was true and now he's just landed a career-changing superhero gig.
As we pointed out yesterday, Reed actually has some background with Marvel, having been in charge of developing the first Fantastic Four movie for Fox in the early 2000s. He ended up exiting the project in '03 due to creative differences, and now he's filling in for someone who left Marvel Studios for the same reasons.
With McKay signing up to help with the script, we're curious as to what that means. Production is supposed to begin in just a few weeks and the script was reportedly taken out of the hands of Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish for some alterations they didn't love too much. Is there much more script work to be done in the next few weeks? Will Ant-Man begin shooting without a finished screenplay much like Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World? That was a major issue for directors Jon Favreau and Alan Taylor, and with Ant-Man being such a unique and less bankable property, it can't afford script issues after shooting begins.
The good news is that the film is still on track to release just two months after The Avengers sequel next summer. For Reed, this is a big opportunity to make something new and different and launch his career forward. Are you happy to see Marvel find their creative team for Ant-Man?
Official Ant-Man Synopsis:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Patrick Wilson, Michael Peña, Corey Stoll and Matt Gerald.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.
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