Ant-Man will not be delayed past its projected release date, says Marvel.
Anchorman director Edgar Wright has pulled out of Marvel’s Ant-Man project an his replacement is currently the subject of speculation. According to The Wrap, Rawson Marshall Thurber is the current frontrunner to take on the movie, due out in 2015. “Multiple individuals familiar with the project” have reportedly confirmed the news, though there is still no official word from Marvel.
Wright, who directed cult classics like Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World won't add his original style to the movie.
The studio does insist, however, that Ant-Man will make its planned release date of July 17 next year, despite the unforeseen circumstances. Another name reportedly on the list is that of Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer, however due to recent events in his personal life (Fleischer just had a baby with his wife, publicist Holly Shakoor Fleischer) he might be unable or simply reluctant to take on a massive, time-consuming project like Marvel’s next blockbuster. While Fleischer’s latest, Gangster Squad, was one of the most note-worthy flops of 2013, the helmer has proven that he has both the visual chops and the ability to balance drama and comedy with films like Zombieland.
The third name mentioned is that of Adam McKay. McKay’s credentials include Anchorman and Anchorman 2. He has worked with Paul Rudd in the past, meaning that he would make sense as the director of Ant-Man, however, he might have enough on his plate between producing Gary Sanchez movies and developing his own projects.
Could Ruben Fleischer take over the project?