It’s Official: Peyton Reed To Direct ANT-MAN; Adam McKay Hired As Screenwriter
One of the biggest questions in Hollywood over the past few weeks has been centered around the director’s chair of Marvel’s Ant-Man film. As we know, Edgar Wright abruptly left the project over some creative differences regarding some script re-writes. Wright has been attached to the project, both as a writer and director, for the better part of a decade and it was rather shocking to see him depart. Since then, the studio has been scrambling to find a replacement, talking with just about anybody who has ever directed a comedy in the last ten years. Finally, Marvel has landed on Peyton Reed.
According to Heat Vision, the director has officially signed on to helm the highly anticipated film. Peyton Reed has been at the helm of numerous comedies, including Bring It On, Yes Man and The Break Up. He also has an extensive television resume as well, which includes multiple episodes of the acclaimed Fox comedy, New Girl.
Several other names have been tossed around for the gig, including Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, Rawson Marshall Thurber and David Wain. Reed is in interesting choice for the gig, and it furthers the assumption that Ant-Man will definitely have some comedic elements to it. Especially considering that Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish penned the script. Now, after the re-writes, there’s no word on how much of their original script will actually be used.
So, boys and girls, what do you have to say about this hire? i think just about everyone would rather see Edgar Wright back in the main chair, but that isn’t going to happen. Reed has some very big shoes to fill and it won’t be an easy job. For the most part, Marvel has been pretty spot-on when it comes to directors, so here’s to hoping this is no different. Ant-Man will star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Corey Stoll and Michael Pena. It’s scheduled for a July 17, 2015 release date
The official release from Marvel below states that Adam McKay has assisted in the script rewrites and also includes our very first synopsis of the film.
When Marvel’s “Ant-Man” hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film’s script.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
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