Yesterday, word came out that Yes Man director Peyton Reed was in the mix to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man. Now, according to Marvel.com, the studio has officially hired Reed to fill the space vacated by writer/director Edgar Wright when he abruptly left the project a few weeks ago.
The press release is short and sweet, and also includes an official synopsis for the movie:
When Marvel’s “Ant-Man” hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film’s script.
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.
McKay was in talks to direct at one point, but tweeted that he wasn’t sure it could work, leading many (ourselves included) to believe that he was too busy for the project altogether. That’s apparently not the case, as he’ll be contributing to the script that was originally written by Wright and Joe Cornish and reportedly rewritten by some lower level in house Marvel writers – the reason Wright walked to begin with.
Reed’s filmography includes Bring It On, Yes Man, and The Break-Up, so make of that what you will. McKay’s involvement in the screenplay department will likely appease star Paul Rudd, who has worked with him a number of times and is likely not happy about starring in an Edgar Wright-less Ant-Man film. But at least we don’t have to wonder who will be writing and directing this godforsaken project any more. Best of luck to these guys – we’ll see if they can pull off a World War Z-style scenario in which the final product transcends the bad news behind the scenes.
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