After Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man two weeks ago there have been many rumours about who will take over, and many of those rumours were revealed as being nonsense. Some of the names rumoured to be on Marvel’s wishlist were even offered the job, but pulled out at the last minute.
All that is behind us now as Marvel have today released a statement officially naming Peyton Reed as the new director of Ant-Man, with Adam McKay (Anchorman) taking the tough job of re-writing Wright and Joe Cornish’s script.
Here is Marvel’s official statement, which includes a new synopsis for the film:
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 the 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.
Reed has directed films which include Bring It On, Down With Love, The Break Up and the Jim Carrey starring film Yes Man. I have to say him taking over Wright’s vision does not exactly fill me with confidence, in fact I am rather upset at this news!
Reed also developed another Marvel property: “Fantastic Four.” Tim Story eventually took over the property for Fox.
McKay is best known for directing “Anchorman” and its sequel, where we worked with Rudd. The WME-repped director is also a producing partner of Will Ferrell’s and helmed “The Other Guys” and “Step Brothers.”
Paul Rudd stars as the titular Marvel superhero, alongside Michael Douglas, who will play Dr. Hank Pym, and Evangeline Lilly. Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson round out the cast.
Ant-Man is still scheduled to be released in cinemas July 17th 2015.
In other Ant-Man news, star Michael Douglas has now spoken about Wright’s exit, saying:
“I was very disappointed. I am a big fan of his movies. It’s a very disappointing situation. It happened very late in the game. I don’t think anybody’s quite recovered. My heart goes out to Edgar. He’s been involved with the project for a long time. But he’s talented enough that you’ll be hearing a whole lot from him – and I’m sure with a little vengeance.”