Peyton Reed Will Direct Ant-Man, Adam McKay To Help Script

Peyton Reed

Good news for Marvel fans, who were surely getting antsy over the past few days (sorry). Today, it was announced that Peyton Reed has officially signed on to direct Ant-Man. The comedy director, who previously helmed Yes ManThe Break-Up and Bring It On, was named the front-runner to take the reins on the superhero blockbuster yesterday. He’ll receive scripting help from Adam McKay, the Step Brothers director who was previously offered Ant-Man but turned the gig down.

It’s been a tough few days for Ant-Man; the film lost its long-time director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) rather abruptly when he dropped out due to script changes. The departure of Wright came as a shock to fans, considering the director had been involved with the project since 2006. Luckily, Reed seems like a good choice to rescue the movie, which many considered to be in-flux and which multiple individuals came forward to say Marvel should abandon.

Reed is not a total newcomer to the superhero genre; he developed Fantastic Four for years over at Fox before Tim Story stepped in to take it over. Plus, he definitely has the comedic sensibilities that will be required for a film like this.

In addition to naming a director, Marvel also unveiled a new synopsis for the blockbuster:

“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.”

Ant-Man opens July 17th, 2015, until announced otherwise.

Source: THR