Earlier this week, True Believers were treated to the first official look at ‘Ant-Man’ during the series premiere of ‘Agent Carter’ on ABC. Thanks to this teaser trailer, we were able to see Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, and Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang in full superhero regalia. However, we also got an interesting look behind the scenes as well in the form of the movie’s writing credits.
When Edgar Wright vacated the director’s chair of the upcoming Phase Two finale, many questioned what would happen to the script written by the ‘Shaun of the Dead’ filmmaker and his colleague Joe Cornish of ‘Attack the Block’ fame. Because the discrepancies between Wright and Marvel Studios were over rewrites of the script, there was sure to be new screenwriters brought in to do a pass at it when Wright left. First, the duo of Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer completed a draft, but then Ant-Man himself teamed with ‘Anchorman’ director Adam McKay to punch up and polish the final story. So where does that leave Wright and Cornish, who crafted their version for the better part of a decade even before the Marvel Cinematic Universe existed?
As shown in the trailer, Edgar Wright is credited as an executive producer on ‘Ant-Man’, in addition to sharing a “Story By” credit with Joe Cornish. The “Written By” credit goes to Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. That seems to indicate that the script didn’t retain much of the original version by the time it was ready to be shot. However despite all the changes made along the way, Rudd told Entertainment Weekly that “the bones” of ‘Ant-Man’ still belongs to Wright and Cornish:
“The idea, the trajectory, the goal, and the blueprint of it all, is really Edgar and Joe. It’s their story. We changed some scenes, we added new sequences, we changed some characters, we added new characters. If you took the two scripts and held them up together they’d be very different—but the idea is all theirs.”
While it’s good to hear that the essence of the original ‘Ant-Man’ is still living somewhere in Peyton Reed’s version of the film, one can’t help but wonder what exactly was contained in Edgar Wright’s script. Unfortunately, we probably won’t find out by going to the movie theater this summer.
What do you think about the whole writing credits situation for ‘Ant-Man’? How do you think that it will affect the overall quality of the film? Or do you have the confidence that it will surprise audiences in the same way that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ did? Let us know in the comments.
‘Ant-Man’ starring Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll flies into theaters on July 17, 2015.