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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