Earlier, director Edgar Wright, the man behind the ‘Cornetto trilogy’ (‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘The World’s End‘) walked away from Marvel Studios’ ‘Ant-Man’ after having worked on the project for eight years, “due to differences in their visions of the film.”. After the movie has been cast and filming was due to start for a July 15th, 2015 scheduled release date, Marvel was left to scramble for a replacement. Three options emerged, Rawson Marshall Thurber, the director of ‘We’re The Millers’, Reuben Fleisher, of ‘Zombieland’ and Adam McKay who had previously directed ‘Ant-Man’ star Paul Rudd in the two ‘Anchorman’ movies.
McKay emerged as the frontrunner and was expected to spend the weekend negotiating with Marvel, but the director has officially removed himself from the project. The decision is said to be his own.
The director tweeted this message to followers:
And yes, met w/Marvel. Kirby & Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I’m committed to. Not sure it can work.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) May 31, 2014
This raises the question of what exactly is Marvel doing with this movie? Ant-Man is not a major character. In fact, I don’t even think he currently appears in a comic. Yet Wright departed the project after eight years due to alleged cuts that Marvel made to the planned script. And for whatever reason, McKay decided to pass. So… why? Why is Marvel being so heavy handed over a property that few people outside of comic readers have ever even heard of? I mean, they have a movie with a talking raccoon coming out soon. What’s the stalemate on ‘Ant-Man’?
Does this mean that Thurber and Fleisher are back in the running? Does it mean something that Marvel is almost exclusively looking at comedy directors? What do you expect out of this movie?