It's still a little hard to believe Edgar Wright won't be directing Marvel's Ant-Man. The director, celebrated for his comedy-classics Shaun of the Dead, Spaced and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, worked on the project for nearly a decade, but due to alleged creative differences between Wright's script and the studios desired rewrites he formally stepped-down from the project. Now, I know what you're thinking, and I don't want to live in a world without Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, either...
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All is not lost, Marvel fans.
The Hollywood Reporter just broke that their sources in Marvel report there are three names in the running for the director's chair on Ant-Man. The names: Rawson Marshall Thurber, Adam McKay and Ruben Fleischer.
Now in case you don't know who those names are, let me break it down for you, and tell you why you should be excited.
1. Rawson Marshall Thurber
First off, we have Rawson Marshall Thurber. Perhaps the least well-known of the three. Thurber directed last year's surprise hit We're the Millers, and back in 2004 he wrote and directed Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. While he has yet to release something on the same level as a Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, he is a more than capable comedic director who's given us some of the best one-liners of the last decade.
Updated: The Wrap is confirming THR's sources and stating that Thurber is in fact the frontrunner to replace Edgar Wright at this time; although, no official statement has been made by Marvel to confirm Thurber's selection.
"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."
2. Adam McKay
One of the most successful comedic-directors in Hollywood, today, Adam McKay is most-famous for directing the comedy classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as well as Talladega Nights, The Other Guys, Step Brothers, and Anchorman 2. While he may not have the visual flair or action-direction savvy of Wright, this man knows comedy. Also, having collaborated with Ant-Man star Paul Rudd in the past, it would be great to see them re-team on this project.
Updated: THR has confirmed that Adam McKay just dropped out of the running. It looks like he was in final negotiations for the role, too. So much for Antchorman: The Legend of Hank Pym, eh?
3. Ruben Fleischer
If I had to pick a favorite among the three directors, it would undoubtedly be Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. His specialties are most in line with Wright's, and while Gangster Squad was a bit of a mess - I would argue due to the script and studio forced recuts, not necessarily Fleischer's direction - and 30 Minutes or Less was good not great, Zombieland was a phenomenal film. One that showcased his capacity for pulling the most out of his actors, playful and inventive action, and perfect comedic timing.
All in all, these are some exciting choices, and certainly reinforce Marvel's intention of making Ant-Man not only a great superhero film, but our first real comedy out of the studio. Seeing how far along they are at finalizing a new director would also indicate they have every intention of sticking to their July 17, 2015 release date.
Let me know in the comments below what you think of Fleischer, McKay, or Thurber directing, what kind of Ant-Man you think they could give us, and who you would have picked outside of these three.
Marvel's Ant-Man releases in the US on July 17, 2015