After Edgar Wright’s departure and Adam McKay saying he couldn’t do it, Marvel has been scrambling to find a replacement director for Ant Man. As they want to keep their Summer 2015 release date, there’s only a short list of directors with the right experience and who might be free.
Now it seems they’ve found one they think can do the job – Peyton Reed. He has plenty of experience with comedy, having helmed the likes of Bring It On, The Break-up and Yes Man. However he hasn’t really done much on the major tentpole action or, special effects front, so this will be something rather different for him.
He’s not a name that’s likely to get that many people excited (and indeed some will undoubtedly say he’s been brought in more by necessity than that he’s truly the right man for the job), but he’s a decent director and if he’s got the right people around him to help with the more technical FX side, there’s no reason to say he can’t make a success of it.
Along with the news of who will direct came a bit more of a plot synopsis, which says, ‘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.’
It’s interesting news that while McKay won’t direct, he will put the final touches on the script, especially as it was the changes new writers had added to Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s script that resulted in Wright walking. Hopefully when the film’s released Edgar will let us know how close it is to what he was planning.
It also means that Reed will have to push back his work on The Fifth Beatle, about the legendary music group’s gay manager, Brian Epstein.