A few months ago, Adam McKay didn’t seem so sure about his involvement with Ant-Man and the Wasp, though he did say he wanted to return for Marvel’s upcoming sequel. McKay came on board the first Ant-Man a bit late in the game, helping Paul Rudd with some rewrites when director Peyton Reed replaced Edgar Wright, but it looks like The Big Short director will be on board from the get-go this time around.
In what could be one of the most charming on-screen couplings in recent memory, Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan are teaming up with Coogan’s Hamlet 2 director Andrew Fleming for a new comedy in which they will play a married couple. An Ideal Home will feature the two funny men as a very funny, troubled couple — the cuteness of which should be enough to keep Tumblr running for decades to come.
Action figures don’t always necessarily reflect what happens in the movie on which they’re based, though they do sometimes feature elements that were originally supposed to be included in the film and occasionally — when images leak early — can provide insight into specific sequences or even offer potential spoilers. That said, a new Funko Pop vinyl figure may very well reveal something big for Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War.
While doing the rounds to promote his financial crisis film The Big Short, Adam McKay hinted that he might be back to script Ant-Man and the Wasp — as it turns out, not only is McKay reporting for scripting duties on the sequel, but he’ll be re-teaming with Paul Rudd, and the pair will have a little additional help from uncredited Ant-Man writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer.
After Edgar Wright famously parted ways with Marvel on Ant-Man, Adam McKay was briefly in talks to direct before Peyton Reed signed on for the job. Although the timing didn’t work out, McKay still did some work on the script with Paul Rudd, and it’s been reported that Marvel is still very much interested in having him do something more substantial in the MCU. According to McKay, he might be returning fairly soon.
And in other Duncan Jones news… The first teaser for the director’s ambitious Warcraft finally arrived today, but that’s not all. Now that Warcraft is finally on the horizon, Jones’ long-developing passion project Mute is getting the attention it deserves, and it’s kicking things off with some great leading men. Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard have signed on to star in the smaller sci-fi film, reminiscent of Jones’ debut feature, Moon.
China: They make people for Earth, stuff for America, and blockbusters for Hollywood. As one of the fastest-growing markets on the planet, Hollywood films constantly jockey for supremacy in the bustling, densely overpopulated China. And every now and then, the Chinese moviegoing public can provide an American film with a valuable infusion of box-office capital, certifying a smash hit or creating new ones from struggling pictures. This past weekend, the folks at Marvel Studios received a pleasant surprise via a reminder of China’s buying power when their Ant-Man performed impressively at the Asian box offices.
And you thought you wouldn’t see another Ant-Man trailer until Ant-Man and the Wasp, but Marvel has released a new trailer for their big-little hero to tease the upcoming Blu-ray release. One of the funnier parts of the film was Michael Pena’s character explaining the tips he received from other people, going off on long-winded tangents about how he heard what he knows — the new trailer uses that concept to have Pena explain the special features we can expect to see when Ant-Man arrives on Blu-ray in December.
Did you know that before it was a hit movie, writer/director Amy Heckerling pitched Clueless to TV executives as a 90210-type series titled “No Worries”. As if! Get ready for even more Clueless facts in the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!
And that’s a wrap…for now. Captain America: Civil War has completed principal filming, and now the post-production process (and our long march to next May) begins. The film shot primarily at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, with additional filming taking place in Berlin (hello, Baron Zemo) and Puerto Rico. The news was delivered by Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito, while additional, supplementary filming will likely occur sometime over the next few months or so.