The “Anchorman” helmer has suddenly pulled out of negotiations to step in for Wright. He was in advanced talks to take on the movie just yesterday.
McKay was believed to be among several contenders, including “We’re the Millers” director Rawson Marshall Thurber and “Gangster Squad” helmer Ruben Fleischer, who met with Marvel president Kevin Feige this past week.
A director search had been underway since May 23 after Wright abruptly exited the superhero project due to creative differences. He had been developing the tentpole since 2006. Wright was reportedly upset that Marvel altered a version of the script he and Joe Cornish had written without their knowledge.
“The decision to move on is amicable,” Marvel said last week. “A new director will be announced shortly.”
Disney’s “Ant-Man,” which stars Paul Rudd as the titular hero, is set to film this summer and bow in theaters on July 17, 2015. McKay was considered a front-runner partly because of his close ties to Rudd, who he directed in both “Anchorman” comedies.