Adam McKay Offered to Direct Marvel's 'Ant-Man', But Likely Passing
Following yesterday's report that Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer and Rawson Marshall Thurber were on the shortlist to replace departed director Edgar Wright on Marvel's Ant-Man, it sounds like the studio has made a quick decision. AICN reports it will be Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers director Adam McKay reuniting with Paul Rudd for his first non-comedy film. Of course, there's supposed to be a good amount of laughs in this flick, but it's an entirely different kind of movie for McKay, so we're interested in seeing what he can do, especially since The Boys adaptation doesn't seem to be progressing.
McKay's previous work with Rudd probably made him a desirable choice, and even though his strengths are in straight up comedy, those films have been mainstream studio comedies, some with big set pieces like NASCAR in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and even action sequences in The Other Guys. As we pointed out, with production being so close to starting, the big parts of the movie have already been storyboarded and previsualized, so it's a lot of pointing and shooting to get the job done. However, it'll be nice to have someone with this much experience guiding the film, even if we wish Wright was still on board.
Update: Well that didn't take long! McKay took to Twitter to clear up the situation about his involvement:
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.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) May 31, 2014
From the sounds of it, with that last sentence about "not sure it can work," it sounds like he's passing on this and will leave the spot open for another director. While there is a shortlist of replacement directors going around, including Ruben Fleischer and Rawson Marshall Thurber, we're not sure if one of them will get the offer instead, but we'll definitely be watching the news closely for any official updates. Stay tuned from here.