With Adam McKay turning down directing 'Ant-Man,' is it time for Marvel to scrap the film entirely or look for other options?
Why doesn’t anyone want to direct 'Ant-Man'!? Well, I’m sure someone does, but for some reason, Marvel is having a bit of a difficult time trying to keep someone attached to the project. The superhero film had its first director, Edgar Wright, take over the reins all the way back in 2006, so it was definitely a blow when he decided to leave directing duties late last month. However, soon after, Marvel was in talks to enlist someone new already: 'Anchorman' director Adam McKay...but then he left too due to time restraints with his schedule.
Edgar Wright left the film after being involved for nearly a decade
So, where does 'Ant-Man' go from here? Does Marvel spend time sifting through candidates hoping to find one that's willing, or do they just give up and decide to can the film entirely? Though it’s a drastic measure, it’s safe to say that 'Ant-Man' isn’t exactly the most desirable or profitable superhero around, and there’s no telling how the movie could perform at the box office. If Marvel did scrap it, perhaps they could focus their efforts on a new flick for one of their other characters: what about She-Hulk or a Ms. Marvel movie? Chances are it’s not going to be scrapped and a new director will be announced eventually, but who’s best fit for the position?
Before McKay was announced to be involved with 'Ant-Man', it was heavily rumored that some of the other possibilities could be directors Rawson Marshall Thurber and Ruben Fleischer. Thurber, who most recently directed Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis’ 'We’re the Millers,' was said to be a heavy favorite, while Fleischer is best known for his work in 2009’s 'Zombieland.' Additionally, Fleischer is also said to be linked with possibly directing 'Ghostbusters 3.' If this is true, it may just open the door wide open for Thurber. However, if neither of these contenders can work out, the pool of eligible applicants is more than filled.
Could Joe Cornish be the new 'Ant-Man' director?
Someone to take over the job could be Joe Cornish. The British television director co-wrote the 'Ant-Man' script with Wright, so who better than to fill the position? However, Cornish and Wright were allegedly tangled up with Marvel execs who demanded re-writes. When Marvel’s own draft failed to impress them, it supposedly caused Wright to leave as director, so it’s possible Cornish would never touch the project again.
Two other good picks would be Jonathan Levine or Michel Gondry. Levine directed the 2013 zombie rom-com 'Warm Bodies' and also the critically acclaimed '50/50.' Levine’s direction could take 'Ant-Man' to a unique territory, but would Marvel approve it? On the other hand, Gondry entered the superhero world when he directed 'The Green Hornet.' Everyone basically hated it but maybe Gondry deserves a second chance. 'Ant-Man' could be the hero that he gets right. Whether either of these guys will get the call from Marvel remains to be seen, but let’s hope that whoever ends up directing 'Ant-Man' sticks with it until the end.