Edgar Wright Is No Longer The Man for 'Ant-Man', Man. Why?

It’s sad but true. Edgar Wright has departed Marvel’s Ant-Man movie with a new director to be announced shortly. Not much was divulged about Wright’s exit, but he and Marvel released a short joint statement on the Marvel website stating it was “due to differences in their vision of the film”.

Edgar WrightEdgar Wright at the premiere for 'The World's End'

Here’s the statement in full: “Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Marvel's "Ant-Man" due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

This comes as a huge surprise, especially for anyone that has been following the trajectory of Marvel’s smallest superhero and his transition to the biggest of screens. Wright has been attached to the project for 8 years, firstly as a screenwriter. He attended Comic Con numerous times to give hungry fans morsels of information by way of progress updates, and showed test footage back in 2012. 

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What’s more, Wright’s close friend and burgeoning director Joe Cornish – once of Adam and Joe – has been helping him write the script. There has been no news on the continuation of Cornish’s services, although he could conceivably take over the project given his involvement. 

The decision, though, according to the statement, is amicable. And the film won’t be delayed any further having already been put back November 6 2015 to July 17 2015. The summer release date still stands. Paul Rudd stars as Ant-Man alongside Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson.


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Ant-Man's Yes-Man is Peyton Reed. He's Directing The Film, Okay? 4236366 News

After weeks of speculation following Edgar Wright’s high profile Ant-Man departure, a new director has finally been revealed: Peyton Reed will now helm the project starring Paul Rudd and set for release in 2015. 

Peyton ReedPeyton Reed at the premiere of 'Yes-Man' back in 2008

Reed is most notable for Yes-Man, the 2008 comedy starring Jim Carrey, but his most critically acclaimed work is 2000’s Bring It On. His highest grossing film is The Break Up, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. 

More: The 5 Directors That Could Rescue Marvel's 'Ant-Man' (none of them are Peyton Reed)

The vacancy was left open after Wright quit the project, ostensibly by mutual consent. It was later revealed that artistic differences surrounding the film’s screenplay were behind his exit, opening the door for weeks of rumors and whispers. 

Adam McKay was heavily tipped to take over last week, but it was reported that he had pulled out of talks. He’ll still be involved, with Marvel confirming that he will help with the highly contentious script for the movie.

One of the film’s stars, Michael Douglas, recently broke his silence over Edgar's departure, admitting it was "very disappointing". In a video on the website Schmoes Know he was asked about the director's departure. "I was, very disappointed. I'm a big fan of his movies [and] it's a very disappointing situation."

More: Joss Whedon's Mint Cornetto Salute To Ex Ant-Man Director, Edgar Wright

He said Edgar's exit was "very late in the game", adding: "I don't think anybody's quite recovered." Michael continued: "My heart goes out to Edgar. He's been involved with the project for a long time, but he's talented enough that you'll be hearing a whole lot from him, and I'm sure with a little vengeance."

Wright was also the recipient of a popular tribute from Marvel legend Joss Whedon. The Firefly creator leapt to his defence by raising aloft a Cornetto in reference to Wright’s well-liked trilogy comprising Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. 

After weeks of speculation following Edgar Wright’s high profile Ant-Man departure, a new director has finally been revealed: Peyton Reed will now helm the project starring Paul Rudd and set for release in 2015. 

Peyton ReedPeyton Reed at the premiere of 'Yes-Man' back in 2008

Reed is most notable for Yes-Man, the 2008 comedy starring Jim Carrey, but his most critically acclaimed work is 2000’s Bring It On. His highest grossing film is The Break Up, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. 

More: The 5 Directors That Could Rescue Marvel's 'Ant-Man' (none of them are Peyton Reed)

The vacancy was left open after Wright quit the project, ostensibly by mutual consent. It was later revealed that artistic differences surrounding the film’s screenplay were behind his exit, opening the door for weeks of rumors and whispers. 

Adam McKay was heavily tipped to take over last week, but it was reported that he had pulled out of talks. He’ll still be involved, with Marvel confirming that he will help with the highly contentious script for the movie.

One of the film’s stars, Michael Douglas, recently broke his silence over Edgar's departure, admitting it was "very disappointing". In a video on the website Schmoes Know he was asked about the director's departure. "I was, very disappointed. I'm a big fan of his movies [and] it's a very disappointing situation."

More: Joss Whedon's Mint Cornetto Salute To Ex Ant-Man Director, Edgar Wright

He said Edgar's exit was "very late in the game", adding: "I don't think anybody's quite recovered." Michael continued: "My heart goes out to Edgar. He's been involved with the project for a long time, but he's talented enough that you'll be hearing a whole lot from him, and I'm sure with a little vengeance."

Wright was also the recipient of a popular tribute from Marvel legend Joss Whedon. The Firefly creator leapt to his defence by raising aloft a Cornetto in reference to Wright’s well-liked trilogy comprising Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. 

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Who Is Nicholas Stoller And Can He Rescue ‘Ant-Man’? 4230912 News

It’s been nearly a fortnight since Edgar Wright parted ways with Ant-Man and Marvel still hasn't found a replacement, but not for lack of trying. Since Wright’s departure, the three names we’d been hearing as potential replacements were Adam McKay, Rawson Thurber and Ruben Fleischer but two of these names have already turned down the job. But now a new name has found himself in the running, British born director Nicholas Stoller. But who is he and more importantly does he have the right credentials to take over Ant-Man?

Nicholas StollerCould this be the man to take on Ant-Man?

The well travelled Stoller was born in London, raised in Miami and educated at a New Hampshire boarding school. After graduating high school, he continued his education at Harvard College, where he cut his teeth writing for comedy publication The Harvard Lampoon. He also performed with the improv troupe The Immediate Gratification Players while an undergraduate.

His first break came when he was hired as a writer on Judd Apatow's television series 'Undeclared' in 2001. Although the series was short lived, Stoller clearly made a good impression on Apatow, who hired him again in 2005 to co-write the movie, Fun with Dick and Jane.

More: Will Marvel Ever Find The Right Man To Take Over ‘Ant-Man’?

Already a fast rising talent, Stoller  would make his directorial debut three years later with another Apatow project, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel and Russell Brand. The film was generally well received by critics and took over $105 million at the US box office. His next feature Get Him To The Greek, would see him work with Brand once again with Apatow also on board, producing.

After working with Jason Segel on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the director and actor began to write on a script together for a new Muppet’s movie. The feature length adventure would mark the classic characters first film appearance in 12 years. The Muppet Movie was eventually released in 2011 and starred Segel as a Muppets fanatic helping to reunite the gang for one more show. Directed by James Bobin, it was a critical and commercial success, taking over $165million at the box office. Stoller would also co-write the 2014 follow up, Muppets Most Wanted, this time with director Bobin.

More: Nicholas Stoller Looks To Take Judd Apatow's Comedy Crown With 'Neighbours'

Stoller’s biggest career project to date came when he wrote, produced and directed comedy The Five Year Engagement, where he once again worked with Segel. The movie was praised by critics but only managed to take around $53million at the worldwide box office. His follow up Neighbours, released last month, starred Zac Efron and Seth Rogen and did considerably better at the box office having taken nearly $208 million worldwide so far. He’s also just penned the script for the upcoming Captain Underpants movie which is being directed by Rob Letterman.

Neighbours Zac EfronStoller is coming off a box office hit with Neighbours

It would come as no real surprise if Marvel are eyeing Stoller for Ant-Man. He’s just coming off a box office hit with Neighbors and he has plenty more comedy money makers under his belt. But could he really save the troubled project? Something tells us that Stoller might not really be the man for Marvel. His experience as a writer probably means he'd have a lot of his own ideas and the last thing the studio needs is another Wright situation and the last thing Stoller needs is to be associated with what could be Marvel's first real failure.

It’s been nearly a fortnight since Edgar Wright parted ways with Ant-Man and Marvel still hasn't found a replacement, but not for lack of trying. Since Wright’s departure, the three names we’d been hearing as potential replacements were Adam McKay, Rawson Thurber and Ruben Fleischer but two of these names have already turned down the job. But now a new name has found himself in the running, British born director Nicholas Stoller. But who is he and more importantly does he have the right credentials to take over Ant-Man?

Nicholas StollerCould this be the man to take on Ant-Man?

The well travelled Stoller was born in London, raised in Miami and educated at a New Hampshire boarding school. After graduating high school, he continued his education at Harvard College, where he cut his teeth writing for comedy publication The Harvard Lampoon. He also performed with the improv troupe The Immediate Gratification Players while an undergraduate.

His first break came when he was hired as a writer on Judd Apatow's television series 'Undeclared' in 2001. Although the series was short lived, Stoller clearly made a good impression on Apatow, who hired him again in 2005 to co-write the movie, Fun with Dick and Jane.

More: Will Marvel Ever Find The Right Man To Take Over ‘Ant-Man’?

Already a fast rising talent, Stoller  would make his directorial debut three years later with another Apatow project, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel and Russell Brand. The film was generally well received by critics and took over $105 million at the US box office. His next feature Get Him To The Greek, would see him work with Brand once again with Apatow also on board, producing.

After working with Jason Segel on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the director and actor began to write on a script together for a new Muppet’s movie. The feature length adventure would mark the classic characters first film appearance in 12 years. The Muppet Movie was eventually released in 2011 and starred Segel as a Muppets fanatic helping to reunite the gang for one more show. Directed by James Bobin, it was a critical and commercial success, taking over $165million at the box office. Stoller would also co-write the 2014 follow up, Muppets Most Wanted, this time with director Bobin.

More: Nicholas Stoller Looks To Take Judd Apatow's Comedy Crown With 'Neighbours'

Stoller’s biggest career project to date came when he wrote, produced and directed comedy The Five Year Engagement, where he once again worked with Segel. The movie was praised by critics but only managed to take around $53million at the worldwide box office. His follow up Neighbours, released last month, starred Zac Efron and Seth Rogen and did considerably better at the box office having taken nearly $208 million worldwide so far. He’s also just penned the script for the upcoming Captain Underpants movie which is being directed by Rob Letterman.

Neighbours Zac EfronStoller is coming off a box office hit with Neighbours

It would come as no real surprise if Marvel are eyeing Stoller for Ant-Man. He’s just coming off a box office hit with Neighbors and he has plenty more comedy money makers under his belt. But could he really save the troubled project? Something tells us that Stoller might not really be the man for Marvel. His experience as a writer probably means he'd have a lot of his own ideas and the last thing the studio needs is another Wright situation and the last thing Stoller needs is to be associated with what could be Marvel's first real failure.

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Are Nicholas Stoller and Michael Dowse The Frontrunners for The Ant-Man Chair? 4230514 News

The Internet has definitely sided with Edgar Wright since he and Ant-Man unceremoniously split on May 23. That probably has something to do with Joss Whedon’s Twitter salute to the ex-Ant-Man man, but either way, a running joke has prevailed: no one wants to direct Ant-Man. Did we say Ant-Man enough? Ant-Man.

Nicholas StollerNicholas Stoller Could Get The Job

It’s not exactly a desirably gig; the film already has a ridiculous amount of hype behind it, and whoever gets the job will have to stick to a tight schedule with a script that is still in flux. It’s the kind of situation the phrase ‘deep end’ was first uttered for. 

The latest names to be thrown into the ring, and Nicholas Stoller and Michael Dowse might not thank Deadline for doing so are… oh. We just said them. Anyway it’s those two. 

More: The 5 directors that could direct Ant-Man

Stoller has already proved his worth in comedy, although the considerable talent of Zak Efron and Seth Rogen will have gone some way towards the $209m that 'Neighbors' brought in. He previously helmed 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' and 'The Five Year Engagement', and would suit Marvel’s tradition for writer-director types. But he’s not got much experience with action, so could be a tough sell given the tight parameters he’d be working with.  

The Canadian Dowse just finished directing Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in the rom-com 'What If'. He’s also got no real experience with action, but has mixed violence and comedy together with 2011’s Goon. Cinemablend suggest he’s in no position to say no, but as they also point out, no one else is exactly clambering for the honour. Poor Paul Rudd.

More: Will Marvel ever find the right man for Ant-Man?

The Internet has definitely sided with Edgar Wright since he and Ant-Man unceremoniously split on May 23. That probably has something to do with Joss Whedon’s Twitter salute to the ex-Ant-Man man, but either way, a running joke has prevailed: no one wants to direct Ant-Man. Did we say Ant-Man enough? Ant-Man.

Nicholas StollerNicholas Stoller Could Get The Job

It’s not exactly a desirably gig; the film already has a ridiculous amount of hype behind it, and whoever gets the job will have to stick to a tight schedule with a script that is still in flux. It’s the kind of situation the phrase ‘deep end’ was first uttered for. 

The latest names to be thrown into the ring, and Nicholas Stoller and Michael Dowse might not thank Deadline for doing so are… oh. We just said them. Anyway it’s those two. 

More: The 5 directors that could direct Ant-Man

Stoller has already proved his worth in comedy, although the considerable talent of Zak Efron and Seth Rogen will have gone some way towards the $209m that 'Neighbors' brought in. He previously helmed 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' and 'The Five Year Engagement', and would suit Marvel’s tradition for writer-director types. But he’s not got much experience with action, so could be a tough sell given the tight parameters he’d be working with.  

The Canadian Dowse just finished directing Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in the rom-com 'What If'. He’s also got no real experience with action, but has mixed violence and comedy together with 2011’s Goon. Cinemablend suggest he’s in no position to say no, but as they also point out, no one else is exactly clambering for the honour. Poor Paul Rudd.

More: Will Marvel ever find the right man for Ant-Man?

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Will Marvel Ever Find The Right Man To Take Over ‘Ant-Man’? 4227644 News

So Adam McKay is not directing Ant-Man. The Anchorman and Step Brothers director was said to be in ‘advanced’ talks with Marvel over the weekend, but by Monday he had taken himself out of the running, tweeting that he had “other projects”, he was committed to and he was “not sure it can work.”  Sadly, we might have to echo McKay's words, since the departure of Wright we're not sure Ant-Man can work now either. Really, without Wright, is Ant-Man destined to be a doomed project?

Edgar WrightHas Edgar Wright left an unfillable void in Ant-Man?

The Ant-Man movie was undoubtedly Edgar Wright’s baby. The ‘Cornetto trilogy’ director first became attached to the project officially in 2006 but he had actually been developing the story since 2003. His departure from the film last week initially came as a shock, but in hindsight, it might have been an unfortunate inevitability.

Ant-Man was always going to be a difficult story to make work within the Marvel cinematic universe, but with Wright’s quirkiness and passion for the project, the movie stood a good chance of becoming something special. However the director and his vision were up against the Marvel machine, who of course had their own take on the story and ultimately it became a battle Wright couldn't win. Eventually the 'amicable decision' came and Wright's Ant-Man dream finally came to an end.

More: Joss Whedon's Mint Cornetto Salute To Ex Ant-Man Director, Edgar Wright

After Wright’s departure, the three names which were said to be on Marvel’s new shortlist were Adam McKay, Rawson Thurber and Ruben Fleischer. McKay was the early frontrunner, until he took himself out of the race. The Anchorman director seemed like he could be perfect for the film, thanks to his comedy track record and the fact he’s worked with lead actor Paul Rudd before. But wether it was due to prior commitments or other issues, McKay's name left the Ant-Man race almost as quickly as it entered.

More: The 5 Directors That Could Rescue Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

So what of the other two? The Wrap has named Thurber as the new frontrunner, which is unsurprising considering the director is just coming off the surprise success of We Are The Millers. It is thought that the up and comer might be more willing to tow the line with Marvel, since the movie would be his first big budget outing.

Adam McKayAnchorman's Adam McKay has taken himself out of the running

Then there’s Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer, whose last movie Gangster Squad divided critics. However, since he has experience working with special effects, he might just hold an advantage over Thurber.  But there's a problem, he's now found himself linked to another troubled project, Ghostbusters 3.

Despite Wright’s departure, Ant-Man is still scheduled for release in 2015, but that now seems a bit overly optimistic. Is Ant-Man really doomed? Maybe, any director who takes the movie on might have the backing of Marvel, but they’ll have a harder time winning over the fans who were eagerly awaiting Wright’s movie. Sadly for Marvel, Ant-Man just might have turned into a bigger bug for the studio than they could have ever imagined, so how long will it be until they decide to squish it for good?

So Adam McKay is not directing Ant-Man. The Anchorman and Step Brothers director was said to be in ‘advanced’ talks with Marvel over the weekend, but by Monday he had taken himself out of the running, tweeting that he had “other projects”, he was committed to and he was “not sure it can work.”  Sadly, we might have to echo McKay's words, since the departure of Wright we're not sure Ant-Man can work now either. Really, without Wright, is Ant-Man destined to be a doomed project?

Edgar WrightHas Edgar Wright left an unfillable void in Ant-Man?

The Ant-Man movie was undoubtedly Edgar Wright’s baby. The ‘Cornetto trilogy’ director first became attached to the project officially in 2006 but he had actually been developing the story since 2003. His departure from the film last week initially came as a shock, but in hindsight, it might have been an unfortunate inevitability.

Ant-Man was always going to be a difficult story to make work within the Marvel cinematic universe, but with Wright’s quirkiness and passion for the project, the movie stood a good chance of becoming something special. However the director and his vision were up against the Marvel machine, who of course had their own take on the story and ultimately it became a battle Wright couldn't win. Eventually the 'amicable decision' came and Wright's Ant-Man dream finally came to an end.

More: Joss Whedon's Mint Cornetto Salute To Ex Ant-Man Director, Edgar Wright

After Wright’s departure, the three names which were said to be on Marvel’s new shortlist were Adam McKay, Rawson Thurber and Ruben Fleischer. McKay was the early frontrunner, until he took himself out of the race. The Anchorman director seemed like he could be perfect for the film, thanks to his comedy track record and the fact he’s worked with lead actor Paul Rudd before. But wether it was due to prior commitments or other issues, McKay's name left the Ant-Man race almost as quickly as it entered.

More: The 5 Directors That Could Rescue Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

So what of the other two? The Wrap has named Thurber as the new frontrunner, which is unsurprising considering the director is just coming off the surprise success of We Are The Millers. It is thought that the up and comer might be more willing to tow the line with Marvel, since the movie would be his first big budget outing.

Adam McKayAnchorman's Adam McKay has taken himself out of the running

Then there’s Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer, whose last movie Gangster Squad divided critics. However, since he has experience working with special effects, he might just hold an advantage over Thurber.  But there's a problem, he's now found himself linked to another troubled project, Ghostbusters 3.

Despite Wright’s departure, Ant-Man is still scheduled for release in 2015, but that now seems a bit overly optimistic. Is Ant-Man really doomed? Maybe, any director who takes the movie on might have the backing of Marvel, but they’ll have a harder time winning over the fans who were eagerly awaiting Wright’s movie. Sadly for Marvel, Ant-Man just might have turned into a bigger bug for the studio than they could have ever imagined, so how long will it be until they decide to squish it for good?

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The 5 Directors That Could Rescue Marvel's 'Ant-Man' 4227355 News

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 PremiereEdgar 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.

Joe Cornish PictureCould 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.

More: Edgar Wright out as 'Ant-Man' director

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 PremiereEdgar 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.

Joe Cornish PictureCould 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.

More: Edgar Wright out as 'Ant-Man' director

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Does Anybody Out There Want To Direct 'Ant-Man'? 4225205 News

Following the departure of Edgar Wright, Anchorman director Adam McKay was being courted to direct Ant-Man for Disney and Marvel though has passed up the opportunity. It seemed a strange direction for the movie to be heading in, though the heavyweight studios are likely to have been attracted to McKay's long history with lead star Paul Rudd. 

Adam McKayAdam McKay Will Not Direct Ant-Man

Wright, who last directed The World's End, had been attached to the superhero movie since 2006 though resigned last week over creative differences. It left Disney scrambling around for a director late on Friday night and they would have confident in landing McKay before the comedy filmmaker rejected their advances. 

Sources suggest Wright walked away from the high profile project after Marvel changed a version of the script that he and Joe Cornish had written. After Marvel confirmed his exit, the British director tweeted a photograph of the silent film star Buster Keaton holding a Cornetto ice cream cone - a reference to his Cornetto trilogy that many linked to Keaton's own struggles with the studio system in the late 1920s. 

More: Despite Edgar Wright's departure - Ant-Man still lives

"The decision to move on is amicable," Marvel said at the time. "A new director will be announced shortly."

Based on the comic-book of the same name, Ant-Man tells the story of biochemist Hank Pym who uses subatomic particles to create a size-altering formula. However, when tests go awry, he realises that he can communicate and control insects.

The movie co-stars Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly and is set for July 17, 2015. It's not clear whether Wright's departure will delay the movie. 

Following the departure of Edgar Wright, Anchorman director Adam McKay was being courted to direct Ant-Man for Disney and Marvel though has passed up the opportunity. It seemed a strange direction for the movie to be heading in, though the heavyweight studios are likely to have been attracted to McKay's long history with lead star Paul Rudd. 

Adam McKayAdam McKay Will Not Direct Ant-Man

Wright, who last directed The World's End, had been attached to the superhero movie since 2006 though resigned last week over creative differences. It left Disney scrambling around for a director late on Friday night and they would have confident in landing McKay before the comedy filmmaker rejected their advances. 

Sources suggest Wright walked away from the high profile project after Marvel changed a version of the script that he and Joe Cornish had written. After Marvel confirmed his exit, the British director tweeted a photograph of the silent film star Buster Keaton holding a Cornetto ice cream cone - a reference to his Cornetto trilogy that many linked to Keaton's own struggles with the studio system in the late 1920s. 

More: Despite Edgar Wright's departure - Ant-Man still lives

"The decision to move on is amicable," Marvel said at the time. "A new director will be announced shortly."

Based on the comic-book of the same name, Ant-Man tells the story of biochemist Hank Pym who uses subatomic particles to create a size-altering formula. However, when tests go awry, he realises that he can communicate and control insects.

The movie co-stars Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly and is set for July 17, 2015. It's not clear whether Wright's departure will delay the movie. 

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Is 'Anchorman' Director Adam McKay In Talks To Direct Marvel's 'Ant Man'? 4223186 News

It's another is he-isn't he situations which will never truly be resolved unless Adam McKay chooses to take the position as Ant Man director, or it'll just remain another unconfirmed rumour. Ant Man has been in a state of development since 2003 and there still seems to be some troubles even with filming about to start this summer. With the film's initial director, Edgar Wright, walking out last week what will the future look like for the upcoming Marvel film?

Adam McKay
Adam McKay is rumoured to be in talks with Marvel.

Edgar Wright, who has been working on the movie's script since 2003, resigned last week over creative differences. Reports suggest Marvel changed Wright's script without his permission. Wright not only penned the screenplay but was also set to direct, leaving the Ant Man team in dire need of a director. As Variety reported, McKay was seemingly in talks with the film's producers and may be stepping in to take over from Wright. 

Read More: Is Adam McKay The New Right Man For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After Edgar Wright's Departure?

McKay, who directed the likes of Anchorman and Stepbrothers, was fairly open about his meeting with the Marvel team. On Saturday (31st May), McKay tweeted that he had "met with Marvel. [Jack] Kirby and [Stan] Lee are my Lennon McCartney so it was awesome." However, he added he has "other projects" and as such is "not sure it can work." Other sources also claim McKay turned down the position on Friday (30th May) but these are yet to be confirmed.

Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd will star in the film as Ant Man/Scott Lang.

Read More: Five Things To Know About Ant-Man Before The Movie Buzz Begins.

McKay is one of several contenders for the director's chair. If he is successful, McKay will be directing Paul Rudd as Ant Man/Scott Lang and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Evangeline Lilly is also involved in the project. 

Ant Man is due to be released on July 17th 2015. 

<center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>And yes, met w/Marvel. Kirby &amp; Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I&#39;m committed to. Not sure it can work.</p>&mdash; Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) <a href="https://twitter.com/GhostPanther/statuses/472823583236845568" rel="nofollow" >May 31, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center>

It's another is he-isn't he situations which will never truly be resolved unless Adam McKay chooses to take the position as Ant Man director, or it'll just remain another unconfirmed rumour. Ant Man has been in a state of development since 2003 and there still seems to be some troubles even with filming about to start this summer. With the film's initial director, Edgar Wright, walking out last week what will the future look like for the upcoming Marvel film?

Adam McKay
Adam McKay is rumoured to be in talks with Marvel.

Edgar Wright, who has been working on the movie's script since 2003, resigned last week over creative differences. Reports suggest Marvel changed Wright's script without his permission. Wright not only penned the screenplay but was also set to direct, leaving the Ant Man team in dire need of a director. As Variety reported, McKay was seemingly in talks with the film's producers and may be stepping in to take over from Wright. 

Read More: Is Adam McKay The New Right Man For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After Edgar Wright's Departure?

McKay, who directed the likes of Anchorman and Stepbrothers, was fairly open about his meeting with the Marvel team. On Saturday (31st May), McKay tweeted that he had "met with Marvel. [Jack] Kirby and [Stan] Lee are my Lennon McCartney so it was awesome." However, he added he has "other projects" and as such is "not sure it can work." Other sources also claim McKay turned down the position on Friday (30th May) but these are yet to be confirmed.

Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd will star in the film as Ant Man/Scott Lang.

Read More: Five Things To Know About Ant-Man Before The Movie Buzz Begins.

McKay is one of several contenders for the director's chair. If he is successful, McKay will be directing Paul Rudd as Ant Man/Scott Lang and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Evangeline Lilly is also involved in the project. 

Ant Man is due to be released on July 17th 2015. 

<center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en-gb"><p>And yes, met w/Marvel. Kirby &amp; Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I&#39;m committed to. Not sure it can work.</p>&mdash; Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) <a href="https://twitter.com/GhostPanther/statuses/472823583236845568" rel="nofollow" >May 31, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center>

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Is Adam McKay The New Right Man For Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ After Edgar Wright’s Departure? 4222229 News

Have you gotten over the departure of Edgar Wright from Marvel’s Ant-Man yet? Probably not, but the studio is keen to keep moving forward on the film and now Variety reports they may have found a new director to take the helm, Anchorman's Adam McKay. 

Adam McKayCould Adam McKay fill Edgar Wright's Ant-Man shoes?

McKay is best known for his partnership with Will Ferrell, directing the comedian in films such as Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Stepbrothers. The duo also co-founded the hugely successful 'Funny or Die' website together.

Of course McKay also has experience working with Ant-Man lead actor Paul Rudd who also starred in the Anchorman movies. Alongside Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Pena are also confirmed to be part of the upcoming movie.

More: Adam McKay: Anchorman is over

Last week, Marvel announced the exit of Wright from the project due to ‘creative differences’ with the studio. The movie had been originally planned to begin shooting June 2, but it was delayed after Marvel head Kevin Feige ordered rewrites on Wright’s script. Sources have since said that the new rewrites were made without Wright’s input, and he walked out after receiving Marvel's new version of the script.

The film is still slated for July 17, 2015 despite Wright’s departure, with the studio saying last week that a new director would be “announced shortly.”

More: Edgar Wright Is No Longer The Man for 'Ant-Man', Man. Why?

McKay has just finished producing the Etan Cohen comedy Get Hard, which stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. His last directing credit was on the 2013 Anchorman sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

So what do you think, could Adam McKay be the new right man for Ant-Man? Or are you still crumbling a Cornetto for Edgar Wright?

Edgar WrightEdgar Wright's departure from Ant-Man was announced last week

Have you gotten over the departure of Edgar Wright from Marvel’s Ant-Man yet? Probably not, but the studio is keen to keep moving forward on the film and now Variety reports they may have found a new director to take the helm, Anchorman's Adam McKay. 

Adam McKayCould Adam McKay fill Edgar Wright's Ant-Man shoes?

McKay is best known for his partnership with Will Ferrell, directing the comedian in films such as Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Stepbrothers. The duo also co-founded the hugely successful 'Funny or Die' website together.

Of course McKay also has experience working with Ant-Man lead actor Paul Rudd who also starred in the Anchorman movies. Alongside Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Pena are also confirmed to be part of the upcoming movie.

More: Adam McKay: Anchorman is over

Last week, Marvel announced the exit of Wright from the project due to ‘creative differences’ with the studio. The movie had been originally planned to begin shooting June 2, but it was delayed after Marvel head Kevin Feige ordered rewrites on Wright’s script. Sources have since said that the new rewrites were made without Wright’s input, and he walked out after receiving Marvel's new version of the script.

The film is still slated for July 17, 2015 despite Wright’s departure, with the studio saying last week that a new director would be “announced shortly.”

More: Edgar Wright Is No Longer The Man for 'Ant-Man', Man. Why?

McKay has just finished producing the Etan Cohen comedy Get Hard, which stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. His last directing credit was on the 2013 Anchorman sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

So what do you think, could Adam McKay be the new right man for Ant-Man? Or are you still crumbling a Cornetto for Edgar Wright?

Edgar WrightEdgar Wright's departure from Ant-Man was announced last week

31st May 2014 4000120
Joss Whedon's Mint Cornetto Salute To Ex Ant-Man Director, Edgar Wright 4213775 News

Like a fallen soldier on the battlefield, Joss Whedon has simultaneously saluted his comrade Edgar Wright following the British director’s exit from the Ant-Man movie, and poked a jibe at Marvel, his current - and Wright’s former - employer.

Edgar WrightEdgar Wright at the Jameson Empire Awards 2014

The Cornetto is significant because of Wright’s famous trilogy, The Cornetto Trilogy, comprising Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. The films, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in central roles, mocked Hollywood tropes while delivering meaningful and hilarious storylines of their own. 

More: Edgar Wright Is No Longer The Man For 'Ant-man', Man. Why?

Wright suddenly exited the Ant-Man project having been connected to it for 8 years, originally as a writer but later on as the director. This came as a huge surprise considering Wright’s long-time affiliation with Ant-Man, which stars Paul Rudd and is set to stick to its Summer 2016 release date. 

Initially, Marvel stated that the split was amicable. But The Latino Review has since reported that Wright walked out on the project due to some serious rewrites from Marvel’s end. 

“The script came in this week and was completely undone. Poorer, homogenized, and not Edgar's vision. Edgar met with Marvel on Friday to formally exit and the announcement went out directly after,” read the report on the site claiming that reports of Wright being sacked were 100% false.

“Edgar & Joe were upset by the sudden, out of nowhere lack of faith in them as filmmakers. Fiege had always batted for them but this felt like it came from the higher ups.” The report added that the crew had no option to walk like Wright did. 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p><a href="http://t.co/2vpeRIZNWH" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/2vpeRIZNWH</a></p>&mdash; Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) <a href="https://twitter.com/josswhedon/statuses/470141319831363584" rel="nofollow" >May 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Like a fallen soldier on the battlefield, Joss Whedon has simultaneously saluted his comrade Edgar Wright following the British director’s exit from the Ant-Man movie, and poked a jibe at Marvel, his current - and Wright’s former - employer.

Edgar WrightEdgar Wright at the Jameson Empire Awards 2014

The Cornetto is significant because of Wright’s famous trilogy, The Cornetto Trilogy, comprising Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. The films, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in central roles, mocked Hollywood tropes while delivering meaningful and hilarious storylines of their own. 

More: Edgar Wright Is No Longer The Man For 'Ant-man', Man. Why?

Wright suddenly exited the Ant-Man project having been connected to it for 8 years, originally as a writer but later on as the director. This came as a huge surprise considering Wright’s long-time affiliation with Ant-Man, which stars Paul Rudd and is set to stick to its Summer 2016 release date. 

Initially, Marvel stated that the split was amicable. But The Latino Review has since reported that Wright walked out on the project due to some serious rewrites from Marvel’s end. 

“The script came in this week and was completely undone. Poorer, homogenized, and not Edgar's vision. Edgar met with Marvel on Friday to formally exit and the announcement went out directly after,” read the report on the site claiming that reports of Wright being sacked were 100% false.

“Edgar & Joe were upset by the sudden, out of nowhere lack of faith in them as filmmakers. Fiege had always batted for them but this felt like it came from the higher ups.” The report added that the crew had no option to walk like Wright did. 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p><a href="http://t.co/2vpeRIZNWH" rel="nofollow" >pic.twitter.com/2vpeRIZNWH</a></p>&mdash; Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) <a href="https://twitter.com/josswhedon/statuses/470141319831363584" rel="nofollow" >May 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Edgar Wright Is No Longer The Man for 'Ant-Man', Man. Why? 4212207 News

It’s sad but true. Edgar Wright has departed Marvel’s Ant-Man movie with a new director to be announced shortly. Not much was divulged about Wright’s exit, but he and Marvel released a short joint statement on the Marvel website stating it was “due to differences in their vision of the film”.

Edgar WrightEdgar Wright at the premiere for 'The World's End'

Here’s the statement in full: “Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Marvel's "Ant-Man" due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

This comes as a huge surprise, especially for anyone that has been following the trajectory of Marvel’s smallest superhero and his transition to the biggest of screens. Wright has been attached to the project for 8 years, firstly as a screenwriter. He attended Comic Con numerous times to give hungry fans morsels of information by way of progress updates, and showed test footage back in 2012. 

More: 'House Of Cards' Actor Corey Stoll Joining 'Ant Man' As Mystery Character

What’s more, Wright’s close friend and burgeoning director Joe Cornish – once of Adam and Joe – has been helping him write the script. There has been no news on the continuation of Cornish’s services, although he could conceivably take over the project given his involvement. 

The decision, though, according to the statement, is amicable. And the film won’t be delayed any further having already been put back November 6 2015 to July 17 2015. The summer release date still stands. Paul Rudd stars as Ant-Man alongside Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson.

It’s sad but true. Edgar Wright has departed Marvel’s Ant-Man movie with a new director to be announced shortly. Not much was divulged about Wright’s exit, but he and Marvel released a short joint statement on the Marvel website stating it was “due to differences in their vision of the film”.

Edgar WrightEdgar Wright at the premiere for 'The World's End'

Here’s the statement in full: “Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Marvel's "Ant-Man" due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

This comes as a huge surprise, especially for anyone that has been following the trajectory of Marvel’s smallest superhero and his transition to the biggest of screens. Wright has been attached to the project for 8 years, firstly as a screenwriter. He attended Comic Con numerous times to give hungry fans morsels of information by way of progress updates, and showed test footage back in 2012. 

More: 'House Of Cards' Actor Corey Stoll Joining 'Ant Man' As Mystery Character

What’s more, Wright’s close friend and burgeoning director Joe Cornish – once of Adam and Joe – has been helping him write the script. There has been no news on the continuation of Cornish’s services, although he could conceivably take over the project given his involvement. 

The decision, though, according to the statement, is amicable. And the film won’t be delayed any further having already been put back November 6 2015 to July 17 2015. The summer release date still stands. Paul Rudd stars as Ant-Man alongside Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson.

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