Last month the news came out that Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs The World) had dropped out of writing and directing the upcoming Ant-Man film set to release on July 15th, 2015. Wright exited the film over creative differences with Marvel Studios and with the film set to release in a little over a year and the studio showing no signs of delaying the picture, Marvel needed to find a new director quickly to help helm the film. Many directors were rumored to be in contention for the film, including Reuben Fletcher (Zombieland), Adam McKay (Anchorman) and David Wain (Role Models), with McKay even being offered the film last week, but he had to turn it down due to other commitments.
Today though, the search is over as Peyton Reed (Bring It On) has been chosen as the new director of Ant-Man. McKay, despite turning down the directing job, has agreed to do rewrites for Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original script. Reed was one of the directors brought up during the initial round of potential directors, and is also set to direct the upcoming adaptation of The Fifth Beatle graphic novel. Reed’s other credits include Yes Man, The Break-Up and Down With Love.
What are your thoughts on Reed being chosen as the director of Ant-Man? What about McKay coming in for script rewrites? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.