Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly – opens July 17th!
Marvel announced today that The Fifth Beatle and Yes Man director Peyton Reed will take over the vacant director’s chair for Ant-Man, after Edgar Wright and Marvel choose to go their separate ways over creative differences.
In addition, Adam McKay, a former Saturday Night Live writer who has written several Wil Ferrell movies including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and it’s sequel and was previously in talks to take over but dropped out, will in fact write the script.
It appears that Marvel has decided to part ways with director Edgar Wright and get Ant-Man back on track. In a joint statement they say the split is “amicable”, but word on the street is that the studio and Shaun Of The Dead director Wright have been at odds for a while and it deteriorated recently over creative differences. A replacement has yet to be named, but Marvel says the release date of July 17th, 2015 will be unaffected.
Marvel has it’s Ant-Man. Interestingly, after Wil Wheaton posted the following on Tumblr:
I actually got to thinking, “Hmm…maybe Joss could give Wil one of those superhero cameos in the next movie…wait, don’t they still need an Ant-Man?”, immediately afterwards the rumors started that Paul Rudd had been selected – and now it is confirmed. The Anchorman 2 actor was director Edgar Wright’s first choice for the role.
Maybe there’s still something for Wil to play… 🙂