Peyton Reed to Direct 'Ant-Man,' Adam McKay to Rewrite the Script
by Ethan Anderton
June 7, 2014
After Marvel cycled through several possibilities to replace departed director Edgar Wright on their gestating 2015 release of Ant-Man, the comic book studio finally announced today that Yes Man, Bring It On and The Break-Up director Peyton Reed will be at the helm of the film after being revealed as a recent candidate later last night. In addition, after turning down the gig behind the camera, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers writer/director Adam McKay has been brought in to "contribute" to the script previously written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish (and supposedly touched up to their dismay by Marvel in-house writers). He's likely just polishing it before shooting begins next month.
This will undoubtedly be the biggest movie Peyton Reed has taken on as a director, but he almost headed into comic book territory 12 years ago when he almost directed Fantastic Four (Tim Story ended up directing that disaster). As for McKay, this will be his first official foray into comic book adaptations, but he's been wanting to direct a big screen version of The Boys for awhile, but it's been stuck in development hell. At this point, the excitement for Ant-Man just isn't there for me without Wright, but we'll inevitably see what Reed and McKay can deliver with this troubled production. Ant-Man arrives July 17th, 2015.