Rawson Marshall Thurber passes on chance to direct Ant-Man

News Simon Brew 4 Jun 2014 - 06:42

Another director turns down the chance to direct Marvel's Ant-Man movie, as Dodgeball's Rawson Marshall Thurber says no...

The problems continue to mount for Marvel where its planned movie of Ant-Man is concerned. Since Edgar Wright quit the project a week or two back - after developing and shaping it for the best part of a decade - Marvel Studios has been in a race against time to find a new helmer for the movie. With physical production set to start soon in order to hit a July 2015 release date, there's an urgent need to find a director who has the availability to step on board the project, and who's also willing to work with the mix of material already in place.

At the start of the week, we learned that Anchorman director Adam McKay had passed on the chance to direct Ant-Man. Then we learned that another name on the shortlist of three possible replacements, Ruben Fleischer, was also potentially being targeted by Sony for Ghostbusters 3.

Now, it seems as though the third director on the shortlist that came to light a week or so ago has also turned the job down. Dodgeball and We're The Millers helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber has passed on the opportunity to direct Ant-Man, having reportedly been offered the job.

Where this leaves Marvel now is unclear, as finding a director willing and able to take on another's passion project so late in the day is proving hugely difficult. Might that July 17th 2015 release date have to be delayed? If a new director isn't found imminently, then Marvel may not have a choice...

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