Finally, the director search for Marvel’s troubled Ant-Man project has found its resolution. Yes Man and Bring It On director Peyton Reed has agreed to take over for the departed Edgar Wright. Furthermore, the script is going through further rewrites from Anchorman 2 writer/director, Adam McKay, who himself was also considered to direct the film. Let’s be honest for a moment: Reed isn’t exactly on the same pedigree as Wright, but he might be able to at least keep whatever remains from Wright and Joe Cornish’s script alive through this next iteration of the production. However, any and all optimism for the film went out the window the moment Wright and Marvel parted ways.
What’s more interesting is the new synopsis drafted for the film that not only confirms roles for the previously announced Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas (as Scott Lang and Henry Pym, respectively), but highlights the inclusion of Reed and McKay without a single mention of the years of work Wright and Cornish devoted to the film. Could it be that, quite simply, Ant-Man has been stripped of Wright and Cornish’s plans? That’s highly doubtful, but it’s still disconcerting that Marvel wouldn’t at least mention the duo.
You can read the official synopsis for Ant-Man below.
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.