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It sure has been a hectic week for Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man film, which lost its director when Edgar Wright- who has had the driving vision to make this film since before Marvel Studios even started up- decided last week to leave after having creative “differences” with the studio.
Despite Wright having been the heart and soul of Ant-Man for so long, continuing production is only necessary if Marvel wants to meet their July 17th, 2015 release date. Upon announcing Wright’s exit, it was said that a new director would be announced soon.
Now, Variety reports that Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers, The Other Guys) is now in final talks to helm the project. Ant-Man is set to star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena & Patrick Wilson.
The move may seem iffy to some, though at this point in the game, Marvel has seemed to put their productions in the right hands so far. If McKay’s comedy-based background is what’s bothering you; keep in mind that Captain America: The Winter Soldier directing duo Anthony & Joe Russo were famous for directing TV comedies up until being sought after by Marvel. The Cap sequel has since made over $700 million worldwide, and received rave reviews.
McKay has also worked with Rudd a couple of times, on Anchorman and its 2013 sequel The Legend Continues. It’s always an added plus to have a director and actor with solid backing chemistry.
What do you think about Adam McKay directing Ant-Man in place of Edgar Wright?
Marvel’s Ant-Man is currently set to hit theaters on July 17th, 2015.