Ant-Man is one of those films that seems to be constantly talked about but never seems to actually move forward. Edgar Wright has been attached to direct for years and he always suggests it’s just over the horizon – but this time it appears that might actually be true, as THR reports Wright has just completed a test-footage reel for the movie.
Based on the Marvel Comic, Ant-Man is about Hank Pym, a scientist who devises a way to shrink his size and control an army of ants with a special helmet he’s constructed. Last month, Wright said he hopes to shoot this superhero movie sometime next year, after he wraps on The World’s End with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The filmmaker co-wrote the Ant-Man screenplay with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).
These early reels are often used to gauge a response from the studio about a filmmaker’s style or the overall look of a particular project. Directors such as Zack Snyder (300), Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), and Guillermo del Toro (At the Mountains of Madness) made similar reels to help their projects get the green light.
We’ll have to wait and see if Edgar Wright’s reel will lead to the new Ant-Man feature. It’s also led to speculation that if Marvel likes the footage, it could be shown at Comic Con.