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