Marvel Studios is moving full-steam ahead with Ant-Man despite Edgar Wright's departure as director - as noted by the Screen Rant Underground Podcast crew and Iron Man 1 & 2 director Jon Favreau, Marvel is a well-oiled machine that now knows its brand and how to keep rolling along, no matter the unexpected obstacles that threaten to slow it down. A new report appears to shed light, with regard to what additional steps Marvel is taking to keep the Ant-Man ship on course, now that Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) has climbed onboard to serve as captain.
Writer/director Adam McKay (Anchorman 1 & 2), who was originally in talks to direct Ant-Man after Wright stepped away, is confirmed to have revised the earlier script draft credited to Wright and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). However, according to a new report by Latino Review, writing duo Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari will serve as production writers during the Ant-Man shoot in Atlanta - meaning, they shall perform any necessary script revisions that may become needed during filming.
Now, if you're familiar with Latino Review, then you know that while a number of the site's exclusives have proven to be accurate, many others have proven to be off-base. That said, this particular Ant-Man report seems reasonable enough; Reed is jumping (more like hurling himself, really) head-first into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so Marvel Studios heads will likely be offering whatever help they can, in order to improve Reed's chances of sticking his landing. That could include hiring additional writers to remain on standby, in case any story issues suddenly rear their head once the cameras are rolling.
Like (most) everyone else, we were excited to see Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) offer his own unique spin on the Marvel Cinematic Universe - and thus, all the more disappointed when the filmmaker and Marvel Studios weren't able to work out the differences in their creative visions, in the end. Obviously, the Ant-Man that we're getting is not going to be the one that Wright would've delivered, but with Reed and company joining the party at the last-minute, it might not be as different as it could've been, had Wright stepped away earlier during pre-production.
Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, whose Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot script is apparently what impressed Marvel enough to get them hired for Ant-Man, may not even get co-writing credit; it depends on how significant (or, rather, not significant) their script contributions ultimately wind up being. It's also possible that Reed and his writing staff will end up doing their best to emulate what they believe Wright might've done, during production on this off-beat superhero flick. All we can do is hope for the best at this stage.
Ant-Man opens in U.S. theaters on July 17th, 2015.
Source: Latino Review