After a long, public search, Marvel Studios have finally found Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” replacement.
The company announced on its site that Peyton Reed (“Yes Man,” “The Breakup”) will take over directing duties from Wright, who walked after an unapproved rewrite of the script he penned with Joe Cornish.
The contentious screenplay will be rewritten again, this time by “Anchorman” director Adam McKay, who met with Marvel last month as a potential replacement for Wright. McKay turned down that job due to other commitments, but the writing job allows him to still be involved.
Bringing McKay on board is the real news here. Since Wright put in months of planning in pre-production, the look and action sequences of the movie are already determined for Reed.
A rewrite from McKay will hopefully keep the movie funny, even if Wright’s style is no longer present.
This has been one of the most chaotic development periods for Marvel Studios, but the company is determined to meet the July 17, 2015 release date it previously announced.