Saturday, June 7, 2014

Marvel's 'Ant-Man' to be directed by Peyton Reed; script to be rewritten by Adam McKay

Wow. This has been quite a few weeks for Marvel. On May 23, Edgar Wright (The World's End, Hot Fuzz) dropped out of directing Marvel's Ant-Man due to creative differences over the script that was adjusted by some low-rent writers from the studio. After that, Marvel approached Anchorman director Adam McKay and offered the director's job to him. For a few days last weekend, we were sure that McKay would be directing this film. However, McKay suddenly declined last Sunday and Marvel continued to search for a new director. We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber declined, Nicholas Stoller declined and for a brief period in time, I wasn't sure if Marvel would actually go through with making this film. But now, it seems like Marvel has found a director in Peyton Reed and it appears that McKay will also be involved with the project.

Marvel officially confirmed today that Yes Man director Peyton Reed will be directing the film and that Adam McKay will be contributing to the script. Here's the official press release from Collider:

"When Marvel's "Ant-Man" hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film's script. 

Armed with 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."

That's an interesting plot and it sounds more akin to a film like American Hustle than it does a Marvel movie. Peyton Reed is most famous for directing Yes Man, Bring It On and The Break-Up, which is a weird filmography. However, I found it ironic that Reed directed Yes Man, which is exactly what Marvel wants Reed to be for them. This project will always be looked down on because it wasn't directed by Edgar Wright. Even if it's great, people will still hang their heads about what could have been. A spectacular, offbeat Marvel movie is now just another old superhero flick.

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