Breathe a sigh of relief everyone because it's officially official! Marvel has made the announcement: director Peyton Reed will helm 'Ant-Man,' taking over for the dearly departed Edgar Wright, while 'Anchorman' writer/director Adam McKay will take over scripting duties on the project, which has been on a bit of a bumpy track over the last couple of weeks.
Marvel has yet to postpone 'Ant-Man' since Edgar Wright left the project two weeks ago, and though we've heard a number of names mentioned as possible replacements, with Adam McKay coming the closest to taking the job, no one has yet to sign on. The latest word suggests 'Yes Man' helmer Peyton Reed and 'Wet Hot American Summer' auteur David Wain are the new front-runners to take over the project.
After Edgar Wright left Marvel's 'Ant-Man,' the studio quickly made an offer to Adam McKay ('Anchorman'), hoping the director could help save the project. The two sides entered "advanced negotiations" but shortly thereafter, McKay decided to pass on the film. Marvel was really in a bind at this point, so they reached out to the #2 option on their shortlist, 'We're the Millers' director Rawson Thurber, with an offer. But, late yesterday came word (via The Wrap) that Thurber too has passed on the job.
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Stan Lee walks out from behind a curtain and emerges into Tony Stark's laboratory, now set up to accommodate cameras and press. Iron Man's suit is encased in the background, the floor is lit up as an enlarged replica of his electromagnetic chest implant, and his inventions, like J.A.R.V.I.S. and his particle accelerator, adorn the far wall. "I don't know how they did it," remarked the famed Marvel creator. "I can't wait to see the rest."
Stan "The Man" was in New York City to promote the latest brain child of Marvel Studios -- the Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., an interactive exhibit for Marvelites at Discovery Time Square that allows fans to immerse themselves in the world of 'The Avengers' films and S.H.I.E.L.D. Filled with movie props and costumes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- including the Chitauri chariot and weapons from 'The Avengers,' Loki's scepter and vintage Captain America memorabilia -- this S.T.A.T.I.O.N. transforms attendants into S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and dives into the science behind the famed superheroes and their abilities.
After checking out this exhibit for ourselves -- but not before Stan, of course -- we sat down with the true believer to chat about this one-of-a-kind experience and what's coming up next in the Marvel movie canon.
After today's announcement of the directors most likely to replace Edgar Wright on 'Ant-Man,' a decision has been made: 'Anchorman' director Adam McKay is now in talks helm the project. UPDATE: It's now being reported that McKay has pulled out of negotiations with Marvel and will not be directing 'Ant-Man.' Further details below.
Director Edgar Wright's farewell to 'Ant-Man' certainly had a large impact on fans and Marvel itself, the decision being made mere weeks before the 2015 film was set to go into production with Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly starring. While the studio is looking to fill the vacant seat with someone from their comedic shortlist, we had the chance to speak with Stan Lee, co-creator of the character, on the shakeup.
As Marvel scrambles to find a new 'Ant-Man' director to replace the departed Edgar Wright, a few names have bubbled up to the top of the list. 'Anchorman' writer-director Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer ('Zombieland') and Rawson Thurber ('We're the Millers') have met with Marvel this week and are among the top candidates. We've also heard that Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito (who directed the Marvel shorts 'Item 47' and 'Agent Carter') is in the mix as well.
When it was announced that Edgar Wright was leaving 'Ant-Man,' Marvel said in its statement that the planned July 17, 2015 release date would not be changed. But, as the reality of the situation sets in and Marvel scrambles to find a suitable replacement, it's becoming apparent that, despite their assertions, Marvel is very much in risk of missing their 2015 date.
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Marvel Studios sheds a bunch of talent, the 'Man of Steel' sequel gets a truly weird title, and our first look at Disney's first animated Marvel movie, 'Big Hero 6,' arrives.