No, I’m not going to do a joke about the director of Yes Man being brought onto be Marvel’s Yes Man.
When Marvel’s “Ant-Man” hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film’s script.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
So Reed is directing and McKay is retooling the script. It’s good the movie has a director now so it can move forward. I’m actually a little happy that Adam McKay is on board to help with the script as the re-write Marvel has their in-house writers do was apparently completely awful and McKay isn’t a bad writer. He was actually approached to direct (along with every director in Hollywood it would seem) but passed.
I’m still disappointed we’re not going to see Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man but this whole episode has really driven home how much Marvel Studios is producer driven.
At the end of the day I do hope that the finished product is good enough that it won’t be completely overshadowed by the “what if” discussion but only time will tell if that’s the case.
Ant-Man is still slated for a July release next year.