Adam McKay Probably Won’t Direct ‘Ant-Man’

By June 1, 2014

The ongoing saga of who will direct Marvel’s Ant-Man continues. On Friday, three directors rose to the forefront as major contenders to replace Edgar Wright, and while The Wrap reported that We’re The Millers helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber was the frontrunner, AICN shot back with a report from their sources that claimed that Anchorman director Adam McKay was actually the lead contender for the gig. But based on a recent Twitter post, it looks like Adam McKay is pulling out as Edgar Wright’s replacement.

On Friday, news broke that The Anchorman director was in the running to helm the Marvel flick that still has Paul Rudd attached as the title character. We speculated that McKay might have the best odds to direct because of his history working with Rudd, but yesterday McKay himself took to Twitter to address the issue and let fans know that things aren’t quite as cut and dry as they seem:

Since Edgar Wright exited on May 23rd, an intense search for a new director has been ongoing. In addition to McKay and Thurber, Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer has been mentioned as a contender, though he’s also attached to possibly helm Ghostbusters 3 at Sony.

It’ll be interesting to see who finally takes on what is widely considered to be a risky project by Marvel. I like Rudd, so I’m hoping Ant-Man is a Marvel win and not a total disaster.

What do you think of all the Ant-Man director drama? Who would your pick be? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: And here too: She likes being followed.
  • WiseSerpent

    Like you said: this one is risky and I think a good many directors aren’t in a hurry to attach themselves to an obscure comic book character. (Jonah Hex 2, anyone? Anyone?)

    Add to that the fact that Wright did leave for a reason and what we have here is what people named Nigel like to refer to as a sticky wicket. Fuck it, give it to Ratner and call it a day. At least it will be on time and under budget.

    Also not feeling Rudd as the titular character, but that’s just my fanboy being stubborn.