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'Zombieland' & 'Step Brothers' Directors Shortlisted for 'Ant-Man'

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May 30, 2014
Source: THR

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Though director Edgar Wright just departed Marvel's adaptation of their comic book Ant-Man shortly before production was supposed to begin, they're still anxious to meet their July 17th, 2015 release date. That means they're moving quickly to find a replacement director, and THR has the shortlist of names being considered to get behind the camera. Though there are more names being considered, the three filmmakers specified are Step Brothers and Anchorman helmer Adam McKay, Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer and We're the Millers and Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber.

These three names show us that Marvel is looking for a director who knows how to handle a big production, but also has ample comedy experience as well. However, after seeing just how incredible Edgar Wright is when it comes to directing comedy visually, none of these names sound nearly as enticing as the one that got away. Fleischer is the only director who seems to have an easily recognizable visual style, and he seems to be the best man for the job from this group of names. Either way, at this point, these directors are just being called in to point and shoot, because most of the film has already been storyboarded and pre-visualized.

It's clear that Marvel is looking for somebody new they can control, especially after Wright departed after legitimate creative differences. Otherwise, we'd suggest names like Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) to step up and direct. SlashFilm put together a list and actually made the stellar, out-of-left-field suggestion that MacGruber director Jorma Taccone should take a crack at it. It's extremely unlikely given his films' box office record, but that would be awesome. Anyway, the real bummer is that Marvel won't just realize they're making a huge mistake by letting Wright walk away from this project. Thoughts?

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  • Chris Groves
    I think I would lean toward Fleischer. LOVED Zombieland, enjoyed 30 Minutes or Less a lot, and while Gangster Squad wasn't that great, it was far from an atrocity. To some degree, it ALMOST doesn't matter because, as this article points out, the film has been mostly story-boarded and the pre-viz has been largely done. So whoever they get isn't really going to put a huge stamp on anything.
  • Xerxexx
    Go with Fleischer. Gangster Squad was not his fault.
  • zer0limit
    I'd vote Fleischer as well, he has a smoother directing style out of the list that I think compliments a little better for what this film might be aiming for. Also, I love that I wasn't the only one thinking Rian Johnson would be another great director for this, but I imagine he'd be just as persistent as Edgar on wanting to keep a vision that he would have in mind rather than just getting behind the camera and shooting what's asked of him
  • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
    While everyone is rooting for Fleischer because of his previous films, I think we are all forgetting The Russo Brothers directed the new Captain America film. I would totally like to see Adam McKay take on Ant-Man. He has also worked with Paul Rudd previously. Adam McKay can direct some great unexpected scenes and can definitely handle comedy well.
    • Christopher Roberts
      Yeah, from Marvel's standpoint McKay would be the best choice, because he is good at improvising films so the small prep time will not hurt him. Also, getting him might smooth things over with Rudd if he is pissed about the script changes and director change at all. Plus, McKay has wanted to do a movie like this for years.
  • Nielsen700
    Fleischer is the clear choice here.
  • AJ
    I would like to see Thurber take a crack at action. Rian Johnson is a nice choice as well. All in all, Marvel lost cool points from me . Edgar Wright worked years to develop this, and yet they dump him because they want to go through the motions instead of being more original and fresh. Marvel was built from creativity and imagination. What happened?
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Never really had interest in this comic when i was younger so i'm not sure who would fit the bill the best to helm it, but i gotta say, I'm surprised to see how much drama and deliberation is going on to make a movie about Antman. But whatever, they can take however long they choose, it isnt necessarily on my must-watch list.

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