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?
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
Ant-Man: The Romantic Comedy by Peyton Reed. Okay, now that I got that out of the way...please be a pleasant surprise like Marvel hiring Gunn and the Russo's.
Maxx on Jul 15, 2014
If you guys have no faith in Reed, then please, have faith in KEVIN FEYGE! He is the visionaire of MCU films, he knows what he is doing, there are nine great movies and one yet-to-be-released one to proof it!
Tuomas Lassila on Jul 15, 2014
Bologna! Feige doing his best at damage control.
DAVIDPD on Jul 15, 2014
Can't ignore the irony that he is the "Yes Man" director. 🙂
Outlaw on Jul 15, 2014
Will give the benefit of the doubt...but skeptical.
Xerxexx on Jul 15, 2014
I think the fact that they initially only green-lit Ant-Man because of Edgar Wright tells us what we need to know. If it weren't for him, they wouldn't have committed to making the movie...and something like a Hulk sequel might have EASILY taken that place. But they got so far along with Wright's Ant-Man that by the time he left, they were committed to having to make THAT film, they couldn't switch it to a Hulk movie or a Doctor Strange movie or whatever. Ant-Man or NO movie was their option, and obviously they would make the film because the MCU = money. Peyton Reed is clearly a back-up choice, hell, he wasn't even their 2nd or 3rd choice. That doesn't mean the movie will automatically suck as a result, but the production as a whole is clearly compromised at this point. My expectations were already only going to be so high for an 'Ant-Man' film, and now they will be even more measured.
Chris Groves on Jul 15, 2014
I'm not a huge fan of Edgar Wright's film directing style, so I'm okay with this news (even if I AM sick of comic book superhero movies).
cobrazombie on Jul 17, 2014
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