David Wain and Peyton Reed Are the Latest Contenders for ‘Ant-Man’

By June 6, 2014

The Ant-Man saga continues. According to THR, Marvel’s search for a director has now extended to David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models) and Peyton Reed (Yes Man, Bring It On).

I just wrote a long piece detailing the history of this project, so check that out for more information. THR says at this point the primary concern for the studio is finding someone who can work with the talent that’s already been assembled, which includes Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson.

Wain Reed

While Wain’s resume doesn’t exactly scream “superhero movie,” he has (like previous contender Adam McKay) worked with Rudd multiple times before, so that seems like the main reason he’s being called to the table. Surprisingly, Reed apparently developed a Fantastic Four movie for years before the 2005 film came out, and while that obviously never made it before cameras, he does have some superhero movie experience.

At this point it’s 100% clear that the studio will not cancel this project, because even with all of the terrible press it’s been getting, they’re still on the hunt for some sucker to direct this thing. The bad part is that even if someone like Wain signed on right now, he probably wouldn’t have time to put his personal stamp on the movie at all because they’re so up against the wall with filming to meet that 2015 release date. Not that Marvel really wants a personal stamp on this project anyway, considering that’s why Edgar Wright bailed on it in the first place.

Do you even want to see an Ant-Man film anymore? Does Wain or Reed strike you as a decent fit?

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