Adam McKay turns down chance to direct Marvel's Ant-Man

News Simon Brew 2 Jun 2014 - 06:26

The hunt is still on for a replacement for Edgar Wright, as Adam McKay backs out of directing Ant-Man...

Marvel, it would be fair to say, has a problem on its hands. Firstly, there was losing director Edgar Wright from Ant-Man weeks before the start of filming (with Wright having developed and co-written the film, having been attached to it for nearly a decade). And now, its latest choice of director for the project has also turned down the chance to make Ant-Man.

Adam McKay had emerged over the past few days as the frontrunner for the job, and over the weekend, many sources reported that he was in negotiations to take over Ant-Man. But McKay has now turned the film down, Tweeting the following...

Where that leaves Marvel now is anyone's guess. It remains committed - for now - to a July 17th 2015 release date. The other names on the shortlist were reportedly Dodgeball's Rawson Marshall Thurber and Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer. It may turn to one of those, or else it may be moving towards what seems to be its last resort, delaying the film.

Paul Rudd and the rest of the cast remain attached (having signed up for a film with a different director and a different script by the sounds of it). We'll keep you posted as to what happens next...

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What good director is going to sign on to a film where they'll have so little prep time? Only a lunatic would take it on at this point. I wonder if Marvel have Uwe Boll's number?

"July 17th 2015 release date" Shouldn't that be 2016? I thought only Avengers: Age Of Ultron was out next year?

No, that is correct, marvel always has two films a year...

The more I think about Edgar Wright leaving the more it makes sense. Be honest, The Worlds End was pretty poor and Edgar doesn't seem to be able to shake off that 'amateur film making' fibe you get from his films. Maybe it's just me but his films always feel cheap and a bit low-rent.

I'm available. Hello? Marvel???

They really should consider putting this film on hold. It was already a slightly dodgy proposition, and a rush job really isn't going to do it any favours. Up until now Marvel has been very focussed on quality over product, but this is sounding more and more like a train wreck.

I wouldn't give up on it that much, but postponing it by at least another year would definitely seem be beneficial at this point. July 2015 doesn't seem that realistic any more.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie) are in my opinion the best choice to replace Wright, they usually write their movies themselves but they took on 21 Jump Street without writing it, plus they only have one upcoming film which doesn't have a release date that I can find.

Having already lost out on geeks with Wright leaving, marvel would also lose what advantage it had in releasing an unknown right after Avengers 2, if they push it back.

Good point. It would help the film to have it dovetail something like 'Avengers 2'.

It is becoming a train wreck which sucks because man I want to see a non sequel hero already!

Or Cap 3. After all, gotg is right after cap 2.

They should consider John Favreau. He started it all with iron man.

Any director who takes this gig is essentially broadcasting to the world "I am OK with being told what to do creatively".

I'm guessing the eventual candidate will not be someone with which the geek community is extensively familiar.

I definitely don't get that. For me, his films have a level of detail you usually don't see Hollywood bothering with...

Except the year that an Avengers film comes out...

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