Adam McKay on 'More Aggressive' & 'Funny' Rewrites on 'Ant-Man'
Right now Marvel Studios is in production on what could be their first shaky release with the Phase Three title Ant-Man. The film was once slated to be directed by Edgar Wright, but some creative disagreements behind the scenes saw him depart the project just weeks before shooting, forcing Marvel to hire Peyton Reed (Yes Man) as a replacement. But before Reed came on board, Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay was courted for the director's chair, and while he didn't end up taking the job, he was hired to rewrite the script. And now he's opened up about what changes he made to the Marvel script. More below!
Speaking with Collider, McKay called his work on the script a "giant rewrite" but still says that Wright's original script was "really good." We're not sure why it would require a big rewrite if that was the case, but that's probably where Marvel comes into play. Anyway, McKay also revealed that Ant-Man star Paul Rudd helped with the rewrite:
"We added some new action beats. I grew up on Marvel Comics so the geek in me was in heaven that I got to add a giant action sequence to the movie; I was so excited. So we did, we added some cool new action. There’s a lot that’s already in there from what Edgar did, there’s a lot of dialogue and character still in there. We just shaped the whole thing, we just tried to streamline it, make it cleaner, make it a little bigger, a little more aggressive, make it funnier in places—we just basically did a rewrite."
So it doesn't sound like much was changed when it comes to the core of the story, but they merely punched it up both in the action and humor department. We'd expect McKay to add plenty more of the latter, but action isn't exactly his forte, so that's surprising to hear. Despite the troubles and long development road Ant-Man has faced so far, I'm hoping for the best. But fans will undoubtedly always wonder what Wright's version of the film might have looked like. If only there was some way to glimpse this film in the alternate universe where it actually exists. Anyway, stay tuned to see how Ant-Man turns out.