People just cannot stop talking about Ant-Man it seems. Almost every headline today has been in relation to the film and who will direct it now that Edgar Wright is gone. This morning, we heard that Marvel had narrowed it down to three contenders: Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer and Rawson Thurber. Then, tonight, we heard that Thurber was the frontrunner. Now, AICN is telling us that the studio has put out an offer to McKay and that he’s expected to accept it.
While not my first choice (that would be Fleischer), McKay makes sense for a lot of reasons. For one, he’s worked with Ant-Man star Paul Rudd several times before (Anchorman and its sequel) and the results have been quite successful. I can’t imagine Rudd being too happy over the whole Edgar Wright debacle and I bet that bringing McKay in as director was done mostly to please the film’s star. Furthermore, McKay has shown in the past that he can balance comedy with action (The Other Guys) successfully, which Ant-Man will need to do in order to work out well.
Finally, Marvel needs someone who can come in and not only change/re-write the script almost on the fly, but also put together a good chunk of it in the editing room, both of which McKay is more than capable of.
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