ANT-MAN: Peyton Reed To Direct, Adam McKay To Write

Two weeks after Edgar Wright's departure, Marvel has released a statement (through its website) confirming that Peyton Reed is the new director of Ant-Man.

Wright was attached to the project since 2006 and wrote the script together with Attack the Block's Joe Cornish. Adam McKay, who during the previous weeks was mentioned as the possible substitute director, is now contributing to the film's script.

Director Reed has worked on television and directed such feature films as Yes Man (starring Jim Carrey), The Break-Up (with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn), and Down with Love (the one featuring Renée Zellweger). He's definitely a comedy guy, though at some point he was attached to develop the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. On the other hand, McKay is best known for directing Will Ferrell comedies, including Anchorman 1 & 2, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys.

Ant-Man is set to be released on July 17, 2015, and stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.

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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  • ToryK

    While the choice of director is...not Edgar Wright, the fact that 27 people have turned it down has me more worried. They seem to have a tone in mind that doesn't match the one I thought they'd be going for when Wright was still attached, and...42 people have turned it down. It just makes me nervous.

  • billydaking

    A couple of things:

    1. Reed got his start directing episodes of the Upright
    Citizens Brigade, Mr. Show, and The Weird Al Show. He was a television director who spent a decade trying to break into theatrical films, which came with 2003's Bring It On.

    2. Captain America 2 was delivered by the Russo Bros., who were best known as the showrunners for Community and the writers/directors of the comedies Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me, and Dupree.

    Point #2 should have taught everyone that knee-jerk reactions like "so it's going to be a Will Farrell style comedy" and "stick a fork in this one" are utterly meaningless and useless until you actually see what they do with the material. Because until you do, you have honestly zero idea and are just blowing steam.

    Many times, the career of a director and writer is formed by the material, not by the talent. They get typecast just like actors.

  • That One Guy

    In addition to your second point, "Ironman" had Favreau who previously did the movie "Elf". Even the upcoming movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" has James Gunn who has some questionable work under his belt (like really screenplay for "Scooby-doo" AND "Dawn of the Dead"?) .

  • TheTaskmaster

    so it's going to be a will farrell style comedy.
    i was one of the people saying it'll be ok when Wright left
    now it seems like they're just branching out into Judd Apatow territory. feels like Disney not Marvel

  • ToryK

    Yeah, this does not look good. This looks like it could be their first real misstep, and I'm normally not one for negative knee-jerks.

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Stick a fork in this one.

  • Elsie Paroubek

    RIP wee man.

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