The rumors concerning Marvel's choice to replace Edgar Wright on Ant-Man were all over the map the past couple of days, but it seems that Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) is THE choice and is in talks to helm the film.
Late Thursday night, El Mayimbe passed word along to fanboy nation that Marvel Studios was close to landing a director for Ant-Man, a film that threatened to go by the wayside if somebody weren't handed the reigns shortly following last week's departure of Edgar Wright, the creator of the project. The Hollywood Reporter followed up El Mayimbe's work by discovering that 3 directors (Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer and Rawson Marshall Thurber) were the top contenders for the role. Throughout the course of the day, it seemed that each of the 3 was named the favorite at one point or another before it was revealed by Aint It Cool's Mr. Beaks late last night that Adam McKay had entered into talks with Marvel. The news was later confirmed by The Wrap's Jeff Sneider, making it as close to the real deal as we'll get until Marvel's official announcement.
McKay's addition to the film is further evidence that Marvel believes in the film and that the studio is going to continue to explore different genres of film within the confines of a superhero movie. McKay is purely a comedic talent, having written and directed arguably one of the best comedies of this century. His past history with Paul Rudd, the lead of Ant-Man, is expected to have played somewhat of an important role in helping him land the job and it's promising news for fans as McKay has certainly coaxed some of Rudd's best work out of him. While McKay will certainly by under pressure to get the film ready to go before cameras by July 28, it's nothing he hasn't felt before as he's been attached to a number of high profile films. His experience with improv will also prove important as it's a near certainty that the Ant-Man script that exists right now will NOT be an accurate reflection of what we see on film. This seems to be a win-win for all parties as McKay is a proven talent and Marvel seems to have found someone with whom they can work to continue to seed their films with pieces of their overall vision.
By now most of you know that things with McKay fell apart and that he will not be directing the film. McKay, who seemed to be eager to step in late Friday night, sent out the following tweet Saturday:
And yes, met w/Marvel. Kirby & Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I'm committed to. Not sure it can work.And while that tweet gives a reason, it does seem odd that McKay, or any other director, would be eager to take on a role and enter into final negotiations if they had too many other projects.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) May 31, 2014
Ant-Man, which will star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena and Corey Stoll, is still slated to be in theaters on July 17, 2015 and will serve as the first entry into Marvel's Phase 3 films.
Sources: Latino-Review, Ain't It Cool News, The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter