At long last we can officially report that Marvel’s Ant-Man has a director in place. After Edgar Wright dropped out, a scramble was on to find a replacement, with things only getting more chaotic when second choice Adam McKay pulled out of negotiations. Rawson Marshall Thurber was supposedly offered the gig next, but that didn’t work out for one reason or another and the studio was back to square one again. In the past few days it had been said that Peyton Reed and David Wain were the new frontrunners and yesterday Reed was hired to sit in the director’s chair. As a mini bonus, McKay will help work on the script before shooting begins, so there’s that. You can see more below, but now Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll, and Patrick Wilson) can prepare for its release date next summer. If nothing else, we now have some closure…
Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter:
It’s official: Peyton Reed is the new director of Marvel’s Ant-Man, while Anchorman helmer Adam McKay will work on the script.
The news was unveiled on the Marvel official website on Saturday.
After Edgar Wright abruptly left the project on May 23, Marvel launched into meetings with several helmers in hopes of quickly finding a replacement in order to get the film made by its July 17, 2015, release date.
Some of the names in consideration included McKay, Ruben Fleischer and Rawson Marshall Thurber. Later on, Peyton Reed and David Wain became frontrunners.
The film, which will star Paul Rudd in the lead role, also stars Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson. Sources say that the single biggest thing Marvel is looking for is someone who can work with the talent already assembled.
Reed has been planted firmly in the comedy world up to this point, helming Bring It On, Down With Love and The Break-Up. His most recent film, Yes Man, starred Jim Carey as a man who decides to say “yes” to everything. It earned $223.2 million worldwide.
Reed is no stranger to the Marvel universe, having developed Fantastic Four at Fox for years before Tim Story took over the property, which launched two films under Story’s direction. (Fantastic Four is now being rebooted.) He’s repped by WME and Sloane, Offer.
McKay, best known for directing the Anchorman films where he worked with Rudd, was initially thought to be a contender for the director position, but it looks like he’ll work on polishing the script for the project, which centers on a con-man (Rudd) who has the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength.
McKay just wrapped on the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, and produces with Ferrell via their Gary Sanchez Productions and the female-centric spinoff banner, Gloria Sanchez Productions. He is repped by WME.
Wright was originally attached to the Marvel project, but exited on May 23, citing “creative differences.” Wright’s exit is a shock since the filmmaker, who would have been one of the more unique voices in Marvel’s pantheon of movie directors, has been with the project since its inception in 2006, and the split has occurred late in preproduction.
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