Peyton Reed to Direct ‘Ant-Man’

Peyton Reed Direct 'Ant-Man'

Peyton Reed is set to direct “Ant-Man,” with Adam McKay contributing to the script, Marvel announced Saturday on their official website.

The project has been at the center of directing rumors in recent weeks. In May, Edgar Wright dropped out of directing, which was followed by rumors that McKay would step in to helm. However, though those rumors were shot down, McKay is involved with the script.

Despite being attached to the film as a screenwriter since 2006, Wright and Marvel parted ways “due to differences  in their vision of the film,” they said in a joint statement.

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Reed most recently directed 2008’s “Yes Man,” which starred Jim Carey and grossed $223.2 million worldwide. He also helmed other comedies “Bring It On,” “Down With Love” and “The Break-Up.” He is repped by WME and Sloane, Offer.

Reed also developed another Marvel property: “Fantastic Four.” Tim Story eventually took over the property for Fox.

McKay is best known for directing “Anchorman” and its sequel, where we worked with Rudd. The WME-repped director is also a producing partner of Will Ferrell’s and helmed “The Other Guys” and “Step Brothers.”

Paul Rudd stars as the titular Marvel superhero, alongside Michael Douglas, who will play Dr. Hank Pym, and Evangeline Lilly. Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson round out the cast.

It’s set to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

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  1. Tim Kretzer says:

    I’m hoping for the best. I don’t want to see the movie fail, but for me personally, Hank and Janet Pym should be the central characters, and the flick should tie in to the shared cinema universe Marvel has been so successful at building so far.

  2. Spider says:

    Wow! I was hoping Marvel would woo back Wright , and if not, try to get Matthew Vaughn. But this reeks of confusion and desperation; with a hint of DC-level of execution. I sure hope Kevin Feige and Marvel continue their winning streak and didn’t experience a momentary lapse of short-sightedness. I am optimistic, though a bit skeptical that Reed can pull this off. I will wait to see the final product before I pass judgement.

  3. NasimAli says:

    it’s crazy that Marvel have chosen a director that has not helmed a feature film for nearly six years now. And even when he has directed a movie, it has been slapstick romance comedies that feature minimal and poor action. However, Marvel and Kevin Fiege has yet to put an extensive foot wrong, perhaps this feature will prove that we should keep our faith strong. i just, along with everyone, feel that this is a wrong move and a bad replacement for a very artistic and individual Edgar Wright

  4. Joe Smart says:

    He directed Bring It On and some other movies people didn’t like much.

  5. Glenn C. says:

    Sorry but they should not be making this. I can already sense doom! An Omen is attached to this. This will fail.

  6. Spider says:

    Is this official? Other websites are reporting that he’s “in talks” to direct.

  7. Chelsea says:

    Alright let’s make this movie happen. :)

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