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‘Ant-Man’ loses another director as Adam McKay pulls out of negotiations

680x478Once everyone processed that Edgar Wright had left Marvel’s Ant-Man, things quickly turned to who the studio was going to get to replace him. After sorting through the rumors that made no sense (Joe Cornish and James Gunn, to name two of them), reports had a trio of names in heavy play for the job. They were Ruben Fleischer, Adam McKay, and Rawson Marshall Thurber. It was also reported that Jonathan Levine had been approached, but that was denied. Anyway, it doesn’t much matter since McKay was in advanced talks for the job…until he abruptly pulled out. He’s probably the best fit overall besides Levine, so this is a loss for the film, even if Fleischer or Thurber would likely be fine as well, if a far cry from Wright. You can read more below, and stay tuned to see what happens to Ant-Man next summer…

Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

Scratch Adam McKay off the list of replacements for Ant-Man helmer Edgar Wright.

Negotiations began with McKay in earnest on Friday but the director abruptly decided against taking the job on the film, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The decision is said to be his alone.

A director search had been underway to helm the Marvel superhero tentpole since Wright officially exited the project on May 23. The film is set to star Paul Rudd as the title hero.

We’re the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber and Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer were also in contention along with McKay to get the directing job, THR had earlier reported.
Wright, the helmer behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, had shepherded the project for the studio. In a statement announcing his departure, Marvel stated that the “studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their visions of the film.”

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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