Ant-Man UPDATE: McKay Now Out of ANT-MAN Talks written by Sean Gerber May 31, 2014 UPDATE: So much for ringing endorsements and best case scenarios. Adam McKay has put an end to his negotiations with Marvel Studios to direct ANT-MAN, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This is rough news for a film that’s already had more than its share. The perceived health of ANT-MAN is not very good right now, but talk of scrapping the movie completely is premature. There are still two more reported contenders in Rawson Marshall Thurber (WE’RE THE MILLERS) and Ruben Fleischer (ZOMBIELAND). Losing out on McKay is a tough blow, but Fleischer is also an excellent choice. ZOMBIELAND is a strong example of how well Fleischer can mix the right tonal blend for action and comedy, which is critical in MCU movies. ORIGINAL STORY: After a week of trying to make sad sense of director Edgar Wright leaving ANT-MAN, a film to which he’d been attached for eight years, the news last night was far brighter. Originally reported by Ain’t It Cool News, several more outlets are now hearing that Marvel is in talks with Adam McKay (ANCHORMAN, STEP BROTHERS) to become the new director of ANT-MAN. With Wright gone, this is probably the best case scenario Marvel could have hoped for and the studio may ultimately be better off than they were before. Upon hearing of Wright’s departure, I instinctively thought of McKay taking over. His familiarity with ANT-MAN star Paul Rudd, who is playing Scott Lang in the film, would allow McKay to utilize the strengths and sensibilities of the actor in the best possible way. Also, being that comedy is a staple of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will no doubt be essential to making ANT-MAN work, McKay has directed some of the funniest films of the last 10 years. Ultimately, this scenario seemed too perfect to be possible, so I let this idea go as quickly as it popped up in my head. Hope came via The Hollywood Reporter yesterday when McKay was listed as a finalist for the job along with Rawson Marshall Thurber (WE’RE THE MILLERS) and Ruben Fleischer (ZOMBIELAND). Fleischer was another great option, but McKay was definitely the cream of that crop. McKay is a recognizable name with a talent and list of titles audiences will respect. This should also quell some of the “safe choices” chatter that has surrounded the Marvel Studios conversation for the past week. McKay is still a bold choice. Regardless of what this does for public relations, however, what’s most important is that having Adam McKay direct ANT-MAN is a huge step forward in making a movie that needs to be good in order to be a hit as good as it can be. I feel really great about ANT-MAN again and cannot wait for July 17, 2015. UPDATE: McKay Now Out of ANT-MAN Talks was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Ant-ManMarvelMarvel Cinematic Universe 13 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Josh Brolin Reportedly Playing Thanos For Marvel! next post MMM #186: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Q&A You may also like Marvel’s ANT-MAN Gets An Extra Large, Extra... June 2, 2015 Making Mine Marvel ANT-MAN Q&A July 29, 2015 Review: Marvel Goes Small And Wins Big... July 8, 2015 First Official Photo From Marvel’s ANT-MAN Released August 19, 2014 POP – Talking ANT-MAN With Director Peyton... November 30, 2015 MMM #192: Marvel Finds An ANT-MAN Director... June 10, 2014 The Wasp To Share Top Billing In... October 8, 2015 Marvel’s ANT-MAN Squeezes Into 7 New Posters... June 24, 2015 Marvel Releases ANT-MAN Poster For SDCC! July 23, 2014 Paul Rudd Scores EW Cover As Marvel’s... January 6, 2015 GodlessCowboy If it isn’t going to be Wright at the helm then this is as good a choice as we can hope for. All the pre-viz and effects for the film will be in place anyway so although McKay may not have the visual flare Wright would have brought he’ll have a huge creative team behind him that will have been on board the film for a while now. McKay will bring the laughs and the heart (and an already established working relationship with Rudd) so it definitely looks like Ant-Man is back on track! (although Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” will forever be one of those “…if only” films.) Robert Reineke Badass Digest is reporting that McKay is now out. I wouldn’t mind Ruben Fleischer as a fall back. Zombieland had some visual style. I don’t know what Thurber brings to the table. Certainly not visual style. Michael Lalaian This news makes me think that Rudd was getting nervous after Wright’s departure. Actors often sign on to a project because of the script and director, and with those gone Rudd, and the rest of the cast, were probably wondering why they were still there. McKay being someone who Rudd knows and trusts is a good way to keep the cast feeling like they’re in good hands. For me personally, I’m still going to be uneasy about all this until we see some stills or trailers. texvor Does Rudd have that much sway in Hollywood or with Marvel? Its ironic that Ant man one of the least known Marvel properties outside of comicbookdom is having this much trouble compared to big budget movies like BvS at least so far. This could have been(and still could)another Winter Soldier instead of the spy genre with Superheroes it was shaping up to be a fun crime caper heist movie with superheroes,it still could be but i think with Wright at the helm it could have been different enough(and add something new) to both genres similar to what the Russo’s managed to do with their film and cement Captain America’s long overdue recognition and place among the audience as being their premiere superhero leader. Wright at least would have given enough beats and energy for it to be an enjoyable film or at least some other director with the same level mentality. I hope it won’t suffer like Thor’s sequel did as that clearly wasn’t the director’s vision of the film compared to Brannagh who put enough of his stamp for the film to stand out. Robert Reineke I don’t think Rudd has any particular sway in Hollywood, but if he were to drop out the whole project looks like it could collapse. They’re supposed to start shooting in the not too distant future and they don’t have a director at present. If they had to recast too, that would really set them back. It’s worth remembering that any rewrites would try to be for Rudd’s voice at this point. They’d have to rewrite on the fly even if they recast immediately. And who knows who’s available on short notice? etourist Anybody else think Marvel are going to struggle to find a director… and then maybe rethink the idea that some directors just aren’t as easily replaced as they thought? My entire hook into seeing Ant-man was Edgar Wright. Not even Michael Douglas is as big a draw card as Wright for wanting to see the film… and I’m a Douglas fan. (Quietly crossing my fingers that Marvel will scrap that re-write and let Edgar be Edgar Wright on this movie. That’s why they hired him). texvor Actually this may be a blessing in disguise if they struggle to get a suitable director.It may teach Marvel that certain auteur directors must be given some leeway rather than treating everyone like work for hire. But we are talking about Marvel here who treated one of the guys responsible for creating the MU like dirt. Joe Very true. It looks like Marvel is running their movie studio much in the same way they run their comic book company. Treating the creators like crap is the real Marvel Method – they even tried to screw over Stan Lee a decade ago, but he won in court. Adrian Edmondson Not sure what all the fuss is really about , it’s just ant man . I’m sure they will find someone to direct , my issue is how this will connect with the rest of the MU . And who is the actual villian , if it’s just a bunch of ant men fighting each other , I guess it might be interesting . They really should be moving forward with BP since the man villian in A2 is made of the very metal in Wakanda that makes Ultron even more deadly . Just my 2 cents etourist This video may throw some light on why Wright directing is a big deal – http://t.co/aE5rBCeYd7 Otherwise, it’s ‘just ant man’. Edgar could elevate the film in a way that’s just not on any other directors radar. Adrian Edmondson Thanks for the knowledge . Very informative Michael Lalaian tl;dr: This situation is bad because is a poor way to make movies, not because Ant-Man is a lesser character. Well, I don’t share the “It’s just Ant-Man” sentiments, as I’m a pretty big fan of the character and characters associated with that name. The Ant-Man family is one of the few actual legacies that Marvel has, and I’ve always compared them to The Flash legacy over at DC. Ant-Man is also, in addition to being a founder of the Avengers, one of what I call the “big nine” Avengers*. Beyond that, just visually its a very unique power set that we haven’t seen depicted on screen before, and lends itself to a lot of cool visual effects. So there’s a lot to be excited about Ant-Man beyond who the director is it’s just that Edgar Wright made me even more excited since he seemed to have a genuine passion for the character and, apparently, a very specific vision for him. I understand that most people aren’t just into Ant-Man, and that’s fine. I’m not into a lot of characters that other people consider big mainstays. But my own personal concern has nothing to do with it “just being” Ant-Man. If tomorrow we find out that Zack Snyder has dropped out of Dawn of Justice with the script potentially being scrapped without the shooting and release dates being pushed back, I’d be just as worried. Well, more so since Batman’s my favorite character, but the principle would be the same. (*Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, The Wasp, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and The Vision) texvor Just read on twitter that McKay is out down to scheduling or that what the twitter seems to imply..maybe there is hope on a future collaboration?