Marvel Looks to Replace Edgar Wright for “Ant-Man”


by: Sammy Mink

We were all saddened last week by the news that Edgar Wright was leaving due to creative differences. Well, despair no more because Marvel Studios is gathering the directing contenders to ensure they keep their July 17, 2015 release date. Among those being considered are: , and . The project, written by Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright, centers on the superhero Ant-Man who has the ability to shrink down to the size of an ant and can control ants. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang / Ant-Man opposite Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas.

Thurber is the director behind comedies like “We’re The Millers” and “Dodgeball,” which he also wrote. He has a lot of in the works including the big screen version of “Magnum P.I.” and fantasy film “Choose Your Own Adventure,” but those could all be put on the back burner if he signs on to helm this project.

McKay is a bit more comfortable in the director’s chair, having helmed comedies like “Talladega Nights,” “Step Brothers,” and both “Anchorman” films which also starred Rudd. Next up, he’s producing pretty much every comedy coming out in the next year (including “Tammy” and “Get Hard”) but his directing are trending away from comedies toward action flicks like “The Boys,” which centers on a CIA squad tasked with keeping superheroes in line, by any means necessary.

Last but not least, Fleischer is known for helming comedy/horror “Zombieland” and the Warner Bros. crime drama “Gangster Squad.” His upcoming include directing comedy “Overnight” about a father and son who spend the night in a toy store, as well as action/adventure “Spy Hunter” about an ex-fighter pilot who protects the world using his Interceptor car.

Thurber is repped by . McKay is with and . Fleischer is repped by .



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