“Ant-Man 3” is tapping Jeff Loveness to write the script for the third chapter in its “Ant-Man” films. Loveness is a writer and co-producer on the fan-favorite series, “Rick and Morty.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal was finalized in “the early days of Hollywood’s shutdown,” amid the growing pandemic. Peyton Reed returns to direct the sequel. He helmed the first two films, 2015’s “Ant-Man” and 2018’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” THR notes Loveness is in the early stages of writing the script for the film.
At the box office, “Ant-Man” earned over $519 million worldwide, while “Ant-Man and the Wasp” grossed over $622 million in the global market. Paul Rudd will return as Scott Lang, a reformed con artist adapting to his role as a superhero who shrinks in size.
Loveness is a Primetime Emmy nominee for his variety series work on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” He is also a multiple Writers Guild of America (WGA) nominee for his work on “The Oscars,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards.”
His other writing credits include “The Onion News Network” and “Miracle Workers,” starring Daniel Radcliffe. Loveness’s short film credits include “Ryde Share,” “Tutors” and “Profiles Are Lovely.” Cartoon Network’s “Rick and Morty” is returning for a fourth season on May 3, 2020. Loveness writes the fourth episode of the season, “Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty.”
“Ant-Man 3” has no current production start date. More developments will when underway as the industry as a whole picks itself up after the pandemic.
Other MCU properties taking the delay hits are “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” now releasing on Nov. 5, 2021, and “Thor: Love and Thunder,” releasing on Feb. 18, 2022. Marvel and Disney+’s “WandaVision” and “Loki” series halted production because of the coronavirus outbreak.