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Adam McKay in Talks to Direct ANT-MAN [UPDATED]

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 8:38 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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UPDATE: It seems that almost right after we posted this story, word went around that Adam McKay actually dropped out of the running. No word yet on who the new director for Ant-Man will be.

Just yesterday, it was rumored that Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber was leading the trio of directors who were being eyed to replace Edgar Wright on Marvel’s Ant-Man. Now, it looks like Adam McKay is the one who’s actually in talks to take on the job. Wright recently departed the project (one he’s been attached to since 2006, before the dawn of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe) over disagreements with script changes, leaving the studio without a leader at the helm. Keen to keep their July 17, 2015 release date in place, Marvel moved rather quickly to find a replacement.

ant-man-movie-logo-600x404Heat Vision confirms AICN’s report that McKay has entered into talks with Marvel to direct Ant-Man, outpacing contenders Thurber and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd in the title role, which makes for a cozy actor/director relationship as McKay previously directed him in each of the Anchorman films. This shorthand likely helped McKay’s cause greatly, as it’s being reported that Marvel didn’t so much as meet with Thurber or Fleischer.

McKay taking over the helm of Ant-Man is interesting for a number of reasons. First of all, it probably means that he’s more accepting of the script changes offered up by Marvel’s in-house writers, changes that forced Wright off the project. Second, it likely alters the tone of the film, as McKay’s free-flowing, improvisational style of directing is quite distinct from Wright’s carefully constructed scene work. I am a huge fan of McKay, and his hiring would soften the blow of losing Wright from the project.

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