Peyton Reed is the new director of Ant-Man

News Simon Brew 7 Jun 2014 - 11:55
Ant-Man

UPDATE: Peyton Reed is the new Ant-Man director. Plus, Michael Douglas on Edgar Wright's departure...

UPDATE: Peyton Reed is the new director of Ant-Man. Adam McKay is to help out on the script. Our original story follows.

Two weeks on from Edgar Wright's sudden departure from the Ant-Man director's chair, and yet more possible directors are being linked with the project. The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter have now added the names of Peyton Reed and David Wain to the possible shortlist.

Reed is apparently the current frontrunner. His projects to date include Bring It On, Yes Man and the underappreciated Down With Love. David Wain, meanwhile, made the brilliant Role Models and the cult hit Wet Hot American Summer. He's collaborated with Paul Rudd, Ant-Man's lead actor, across a few projects already.

Meanwhile, Michael Douglas has been chatting about Wright's decision to quit Ant-Man. Douglas told Schmoes Know that "I was very disappointed", adding that "I am a big fan of his movies. It’s a very disappointing situation. 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".

Michael Douglas does remain attached to the film. More as we hear it...

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