Kevin Feige Hypes Peyton Reed as Replacement 'Ant-Man' Director
There's no doubt that Marvel fans and cinephiles were pretty annoyed that Edgar Wright had stepped away from the Phase Three comic book title Ant-Man. The Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director was a big part of the interest in the lesser known hero coming to the big screen, and due to some behind-the-scenes trouble with the vision of the film between Wright and Marvel, they parted ways. But the studio chose Yes Man director Peyton Reed to direct the film and keep the production on schedule for release next summer. Now Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has opened up about the choice. More below!
Speaking with IGN, Feige explained his choosing Peyton Reed for the job:
"Peyton is someone that I've been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to 'Fantastic Four' more than 10 years ago. We spent a lot of time together… and I got along with Peyton very, very well and he had awesome ideas and an awesome vision for the movie, and for various reasons he ended up leaving that movie…'Peyton was always on our lists, and so when this happened and Edgar said 'Not for me' we met with a handful of people, but Peyton was always one that I thought would be great."
Feige also says that Reed brought some new elements to the table, adding to what they wanted to do:
"It was not a slam-dunk that he would just step into it and do it. He wanted to be sure that he was wasn't just inheriting something or following someone else's lead. Or wasn't inheriting something that the evil studio had watered down to be something bad. I kept saying, 'You can either read what's online, or come in and talk to us and look at all this stuff.' He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said 'Number one, I agree with the direction you’re going in. And number two, I can add to it.' And he has – the movie is in as good a shape as it's ever been right now."
Of course, we won't really know if Reed was the right man for the job until the film hits theaters until July 17th, 2015. It'll be interesting to see what Marvel brings to Comic-Con for Ant-Man, especially considering how much that fanbase loved Wright when he came to the convention and showed off a test reel for the flick. Michael Douglas is already confirmed to show up in San Diego, and Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and more will probably join him. But we're betting more time will be spent on letting everyone know who will play Doctor Strange and what else Marvel has in store over the next few years. Thoughts?