What a week it has been for Marvel’s Ant-Man. At the end of last week, director Edgar Wright left the project after working on the film since 2006, and while no official statement has been released, it is thought he left after his script was changed to a point he didn’t believe it was his film anymore. You can read more on that here.
Later this week three potential replacements were named to possibly helm the film, and these new directors need to be found fast if Marvel want to keep their July 17th 2015 release date.
It has been reported that Adam McKay, director of such comedy classics as Anchorman, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Step Brothers and The Other Guys, was one of the directors Marvel were eyeing, and he is certainly an interesting, and actually very promising choice.
McKay met with Kevin Feige a few days ago, and reports are saying that he was all set to sign the contract when he pulled out at the last minute, hinting that Ant-Man may very well be doomed. THR confirmed the news that McKay has pulled out, and the director himself Tweeted the following message:
And yes, met w/Marvel. Kirby & Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I’m committed to. Not sure it can work.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) May 31, 2014
Two other directors have also been named on Marvel’s wishlist, and it is thought that both have already met with Feige, and may be offered the job now that McKay (who apparently was first choice) has pulled out.
Rawson Thurber, director of We’re the Millers and Dodgeball, is the second director on the list, and it was thought at one point over the last few days he was actually the top choice. Marvel may very well put an offer to him as they need to find a director, and quick.
The third name is Ruben Fleischer, director of the cult hit Zombieland, and recent thrillers Gangster Squad and 30 Minutes or Less.
It seems that Marvel are certainly looking for a director similar to Wright, as all three are very well known in the comedy genre, and while none of these names are any match for Wright’s unique vision and skill, at least Marvel are doing their best to replicate his style.
Ant-Man expected to film later this summer, is still slated for theatrical release on July 17, 2015.
Rudd leads an Ant-Man cast that includes Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly.