Adam McKay Drops Out of Negotiations to Direct ‘Ant-Man’

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It looks like Adam McKay is no longer interested in replacing Edgar Wright as the director of Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” sources confirm to Variety.

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.

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  1. NasimAli says:

    I feel as if Marvel and Ant-Man dodged a bullet here: McKay has near on no experience directing extensive action or blockbuster features. I can help but think, he chose to drop put because he either felt out of his depth or he just didn’t have the skills to talk the action Edgar Wright would’ve revelled in. All that is clear is whoever Marvel choose, he/she will be a pale comparison to Wright.

  2. Good ride nice wright says:

    Get rid of rudd and scott lang as main protagonist. Maybe they can fit in but not main. Taylor Kitsch fits the look for a young and ageable hank pym and now he isnt playing gambit. Hire an action movie director and fix this mess.

  3. Paul says:

    Good. Keep that hack away. I’m sure the only reason he was considered was because he worked with Rudd before. Stick to writing man-child jokes for Will Ferrell, who I’m happy to know will NOT be appearing in a cameo. Sad state of affairs to go rom Edgar Wright to Adam McKay.

  4. thatmovieyousee says:

    Reblogged this on That Movie You See.

  5. JoelR says:

    Gondry would be even more iconoclastic than Wright. Actually, I’d be calling Joe Dante. Of course, he may not wish to just be a cog-like “director-for-hire” after SMALL SOLDIERS.

  6. Ant-Fan says:

    Michel Gondry should be strongly considered. With him at the helm, Ant-Man would be a home-run! Yes, THE GREEN HORNET wasn’t a blockbuster, but that was because audiences couldn’t accept Seth Rogen as the titular character; the direction on the film was fantastic. And Gondry’s direction of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND proves he has range and can handle difficult storytelling with ease and depth.

  7. Glenn C. says:

    This project is marked already for a disaster. It should not get made. Sounds kind of stupid anyway.

    • Scott MacDonough says:

      Right you are, Glenn C! These infernal comic book franchises are already in the long-overdue throes of audience fatigue, judging from this year’s boxoffice results so far. How big is the budget for this doomed turkey? And how large a salary is going to Paul Rudd, a charisma-free bore whose resume is already embarrassing? Better to drench the entire project in Raid and forget it. Or else give the lead to Shia LaBarf (with a paper bag over his head) and entrust the direction to the ghost of Ed Wood!

  8. Spider says:

    Good riddance. This was NOT a good choice. Although, MARVEL seems to not know what do now with this project, I still have faith that the execs will ultimately find the right fit. Personally, MARVEL should wrangle back Wright, whose 6-8 years in pre-production, suggested that he had a firm grip on this flick. If Wright won’t come back, then MARVEL should aggressively pursue Matthew Vaughn, who seems to be a better fit than the directors currently considered.

  9. JoelR says:

    Wow…Marvel must REALLY be trying hard to make a piece-of-crap generic movie if even the director of STEP BROTHERS (far from a “visionary”) runs for the hills!

  10. cadavra says:

    Apparently they wouldn’t let him cast Will Ferrell as the villain.

    • Paul says:

      You’re probably right. Only success he’s had is because of Ferrell. Jim Breuer tells stories of what a creep McKay was whrn writing on SNL – telling Jim that Lorne doesn’t want him to do a sketch when it was really McKay, then backtracking when Jim suggested going to Lorne Michaels to talk about it. When McKay became head writer, Jim was kicked off the show. Jerk.

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