Well that didn't take long! Via Marvel.com, Marvel Studios has announced Peyton Reed will take over directorial duties for Ant-Man and, in a bit of a surprise, Adam McKay (Anchorman) who was previously in talks to helm the film, will help fine tune the script that was left behind when Edgar Wright walked away. Here's the official release:
When Marvel's "Ant-Man" hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film's script.Also of interest is the first official description of the film:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.I know there's been a good deal of speculation that Douglas' Hank Pym would turn out to be the film's villain, but this synopsis seems to put that to rest. It seems that, with McKay on board, the film's final script might turn out very differently from the version Wright set out to make. They obviously have the story cracked and the characters in place, it just seems like Marvel Studios is really trying to shoehorn Ant-Man into the larger narrative, which is fine because that is what the MCU is all about.
With a director now in place, I'm sure that filming will likely begin by mid-July if not sooner. Much of the production crew reportedly walked away with Wright and it'll take some time to replace them, but it's safe to say that Ant-Man is still capable of being released on it July 17, 2015 date at this point.