‘Ant-Man’: Adam McKay No Longer In Talks to Replace Director Edgar Wright

Ant-Man: Adam McKay No Longer In

UPDATE: “Anchorman” director Adam McKay, who was is in advanced talks Friday to replace Edgar Wright as helmer of Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” has decided to pass on the superhero project, sources confirm.

The WME-repped McKay had a long history with star Paul Rudd, having directed the actor in both “Anchorman” comedies, but ultimately passed late Friday night as Marvel and Disney scramble to find another director.

“Ant-Man,” expected to film later this summer, is still slated for theatrical release on July 17, 2015.

Rudd leads an “Ant-Man” cast that includes Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly.

Wright, who last directed “The World’s End,” had been attached to the superhero movie since 2006 before resigning last week over creative differences.

Sources believe Wright walked away from the project on May 23 after Marvel altered a version of the script he and Joe Cornish had written without their knowledge.

After news broke of his exit, Wright tweeted a photo of silent film star Buster Keaton holding a Cornetto ice cream cone (Wright is responsible for the trilogy of popular comedies dubbed The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy) before deleting the post less than 24 hours later. Observers think the director was referencing Keaton’s own struggles with the studio system in the late 1920s.

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

McKay was said to be among several contenders to meet with Marvel president Kevin Feige this past week. The director, who is also Will Ferrell’s producing partner and helmed comedies “The Other Guys” and “Step Brothers,” was set to make his first leap into superhero territory.

The Disney-owned Marvel is developing “Ant-Man” as a potential new franchise as part of its third phase of films, which includes this summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Based on the comicbook of the same name, Ant-Man is the alter ego of biochemist Hank Pym, who uses subatomic particles to create a size-altering formula and when tests go awry, realizes he can also communicate with and control insects.

Ain’t It Cool News first broke the McKay story.

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  1. hectoruno says:

    Why can’t they get Joe Johnston? He is the director of “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” He already did a Disney Marvel movie is the first Captain American movie.

  2. McKay has already bowed out of talks

  3. Chris says:

    Jesus, what a joke. He’s talentless goon whose buddies spew shit in front of a camera until someone outside their inner circle laughs, then they cut. Then they take other three totally different takes with different dialogue to the editing bay and decides which is the least awful and most unrelated to the plot.

  4. Kris says:

    Well a comedy is probably the only way an Antman movie should be made so I don’t think this is a bad choice. I’ve only seen the first anchorman but I liked it. They already have a script so I don’t see too big of a problem. Let’s all try and remain optimistic here. And Evangeline lily was never officially reported to be in the movie, was she?

  5. tharold says:

    Who even really wants an Antman movie?

  6. We are WEAK says:

    Adam McKay? Absolutely dispicable. While any one Mckays so called films may contain an amusing moment or two there is no reason that any studio should feel comfortable backing this film with him at the helm. May it also be said that I am sure this film doesn’t have a shot with any director. Also, I call Mckays efforts as so-called because it is in my belief that his pictures have no solid follow through with Begining/middle/end scenarios that any could call outright entertainment. Alas it is most likely par for the course as these super hero films continued to be dribbled out of Hollywood’s lack of original story telling mouth. Hats off to Wright for dipping, …but come on Paul Rudd and I’m sure Micheal Douglass is at a stage in his career where he just doesn’t care what the films content is.

  7. Not a good move…..is Antman doomed?

  8. stylinred says:

    Oh no from legendary director to a substandard director this films outlook has dropped from top of olympus to the pits of hades…

    • Hey, Movies Existed Before 2005 says:

      “Legendary”? Really? Welles, Chaplin, Bergman, De Sica and Lean could be considered “legendary”. Coppola, Allen, Scorsese and p’haps Spielberg, too. But Edgar “Hot Fuzz” Wright??

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