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05.30.2014

Earlier this week we discussed some of the reasoning behind Edgar Wright walking away from ANT-MAN.  We can talk all day and night about that, and as unfortunate as it may be, it is now in the past.  One of the focal points, however, was that Marvel had NOT pushed back the release date of July 17, 2015.

That either meant that Marvel was going to hire a new director quickly, or announce a delay further down the road. Seems as if they're hellbent on getting this film made, as inside sources say that there are three names in particular being looked at to replaced Wright.  Let's get to it!

First up is Rawson Marshall Thurber. This man was more recently responsible for WE'RE THE MILLERS and DODGEBALL.  Obviusly he has experience with comedic timing, as well as working with some great actors in that genre.  For what its worth, his framing for DODGEBALL was more than adequate.

Next on the list is Adam McKay. This man obviously has plenty of comedic experience tucked under his belt with ANCHORMAN and ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES. He's also dabbled with action and effects with movies like TALLADEGA NIGHTS and THE OTHER GUYS.

Finally, we have Ruben Fleischer. Fleischer brought us one of the best genre pictures in ZOMBIELAND, and also directed the comedy 30 MINUTES OR LESS as well as the action picture GANGSTER SQUAD.

As you can see, there's a running theme here with these choices. They primarily have comedic experience, as well as some being able to work with special effects and/or action. I'll be honest and say that McKay is a choice that has me very excited, and I imagine it would put our lead star Paul Rudd at ease given that they've worked before. On the other hand, Fleischer was able to mix some great dramatic elements, as well as action, in his horror/comedy flick ZOMBIELAND. Given how fast this information has hit, I imagine a replacement will be announced in no time. Again, ANT-MAN is still on track to be released July 17, 2015.

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11:44PM on 05/31/2014
Apparently Adam McKay is out of the running. How about Rian Johnson or Phil Lord and Christopher Miller?
Apparently Adam McKay is out of the running. How about Rian Johnson or Phil Lord and Christopher Miller?
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2:22AM on 05/31/2014

doug liman

after watching edge of tomorrow. ..IMO..he should be directing a marvel movie..
after watching edge of tomorrow. ..IMO..he should be directing a marvel movie..
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2:21AM on 05/31/2014

doug liman

after watching edge of tomorrow. ..IMO..he should be directing a marvel movie..
after watching edge of tomorrow. ..IMO..he should be directing a marvel movie..
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12:47AM on 05/31/2014

Edgar come back!

Come back!!!!

Seriously these other choices suck.
Come back!!!!

Seriously these other choices suck.
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11:57PM on 05/30/2014
I just don't understand. I think Adam and Ruben are really good replacement directors (and would've been good as original choices - tho I can't get behind Thurber. Dodgeball is great, but the Miller's is one of the worst movies I saw that year, maybe of any year). But I'm confused bc it sounds like Wright left bc he couldn't direct his version of the film, but I don't think McKay would probably be the same way, as well as even Ruben. I don't think they would compromise too much, and I would
I just don't understand. I think Adam and Ruben are really good replacement directors (and would've been good as original choices - tho I can't get behind Thurber. Dodgeball is great, but the Miller's is one of the worst movies I saw that year, maybe of any year). But I'm confused bc it sounds like Wright left bc he couldn't direct his version of the film, but I don't think McKay would probably be the same way, as well as even Ruben. I don't think they would compromise too much, and I would think the company would know that already. So why go after comedic directors who have a specific vision when you just fired one? But with Rudd in the role, I think McKay might have been the best choice from the beginning. He, or whoever gets the part now, may not have enough time to really do a film to their standards. I'd even be down for Apatow as director, or hell, even Seth Rogen or the guy who directed his Green Hornet or Pineapple Express. It just seems weird overall that they are going for similar directors. If they wanted it more comedic, I figured they'd get someone who directs all of Adam Sandler's movies. I sure wanted to see Wrights action scenes though.

I haven't read much of Antman...is he funnier than most comics?
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2:34AM on 05/31/2014
McKay shows no indication that he has any clue how to direct an action movie. And the only reason his films are funny is because he lets the comedians improv...which is fine for something like anchorman where everyone is just standing around, but would NOT work for a movie like this
McKay shows no indication that he has any clue how to direct an action movie. And the only reason his films are funny is because he lets the comedians improv...which is fine for something like anchorman where everyone is just standing around, but would NOT work for a movie like this
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11:42PM on 05/30/2014

Not gonna make that big a difference.

If you look at it and how much sway the executives at Disney have now over this production it really doesn't matter what director they choose as it will be the executive's vision not the actual director's. They probably want a darker tone like Batman which i find ridiculous. Darkness and somberness fit his Batman's character that's who he is. But not everyone is Batman, and they shouldn't be. Suits get out of the way and let story tellers tell their stories, you handle the books.
If you look at it and how much sway the executives at Disney have now over this production it really doesn't matter what director they choose as it will be the executive's vision not the actual director's. They probably want a darker tone like Batman which i find ridiculous. Darkness and somberness fit his Batman's character that's who he is. But not everyone is Batman, and they shouldn't be. Suits get out of the way and let story tellers tell their stories, you handle the books.
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12:14AM on 05/31/2014
Did you read the article? Or have you see any of the MCU movies? They aren't like Nolan's films at all tonally. Cap 2 comes a bit close but he's an optimist. And ALL of these directors are comedic directors. Why would they be looking at these directors to make a dark movie? I think wrights was probably just TOOOO quirky, and they wanted it to be more of a commercial for avengers 3. The Disney executives aren't even fucking with these movies. Feige and company are doing so well I'm sure
Did you read the article? Or have you see any of the MCU movies? They aren't like Nolan's films at all tonally. Cap 2 comes a bit close but he's an optimist. And ALL of these directors are comedic directors. Why would they be looking at these directors to make a dark movie? I think wrights was probably just TOOOO quirky, and they wanted it to be more of a commercial for avengers 3. The Disney executives aren't even fucking with these movies. Feige and company are doing so well I'm sure they are letting them run the show and it's just Feige and the other guys at the top of Marvel (I guess 3 others) that are the "show runners."

You obviously don't know much about how reading (like...this article and the firing of Wright), the MCU films, or these directors. Or what's even going on at Marvel. Disney owns a bunch of companies. When they are churning in profits like Marvel is, I'm sure they don't get involved creatively unless to say make sure you don't make R rated movies or offensive ones. You sound like you just heard everyone say that every studio is trying to make their movie brooding like batman bc of the success of TDK, and that's really note the case anymore. The MCU movies, Spidey movies, x-men movies, and others are now finally balancing a pinch of darkness and realism (Gwen Stacy, Cap 2) with more fun comic book action (of course some have faired a lot better than others, but the brooding thing isn't in those companies films really, only WB some and shit like I, Frankenstein).
10:36PM on 05/30/2014
Right, kill the fine-tuned film that Wright had painstakingly prepared and hire some Ratner instead. Wright is both very clever with comedy and very clever with action. The Russos surprised a lot of people but they but they always looked more promising to me than these director do.
Right, kill the fine-tuned film that Wright had painstakingly prepared and hire some Ratner instead. Wright is both very clever with comedy and very clever with action. The Russos surprised a lot of people but they but they always looked more promising to me than these director do.
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12:34AM on 05/31/2014
R u comparing the above directors to Ratner?
R u comparing the above directors to Ratner?
2:38AM on 05/31/2014
They are the Ratners of comedy - well, the Zach Snyders of comedy to be fair. Their movies are funny because they have funny people in them, not because of a single thing those directors ever did. Wright doesn't NEED comedians in his films to make them hilarious. Not one of these guys can fill his shoes.
They are the Ratners of comedy - well, the Zach Snyders of comedy to be fair. Their movies are funny because they have funny people in them, not because of a single thing those directors ever did. Wright doesn't NEED comedians in his films to make them hilarious. Not one of these guys can fill his shoes.
7:00PM on 05/30/2014
Really seems like Marvel is missing the mark on this one. Is it just nerves because this isn't a property as well known as the others?
Really seems like Marvel is missing the mark on this one. Is it just nerves because this isn't a property as well known as the others?
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6:23PM on 05/30/2014

Honestly, I was super disappointed when I heard that the guys from Community were making Winter Soldier and then I learned a valuable lesson: Marvel knows what they're doing when they hire directors.

I mean, honestly, with the possible exception of Shane Black, they're choices have never disappointed me. Yeah, some of the films have been better than others, but the directors have always been a good fit for the material. I'd be all behind Ruben Fleischer or Adam McKay landing this job. Gangster Squad was lackluster, but from everything we've heard Ant-Man seems more in the ballpark of Zombieland, and Fleischer knocked that one out of the park. If Rawson Marshall Thurber gets it, I'm going to
I mean, honestly, with the possible exception of Shane Black, they're choices have never disappointed me. Yeah, some of the films have been better than others, but the directors have always been a good fit for the material. I'd be all behind Ruben Fleischer or Adam McKay landing this job. Gangster Squad was lackluster, but from everything we've heard Ant-Man seems more in the ballpark of Zombieland, and Fleischer knocked that one out of the park. If Rawson Marshall Thurber gets it, I'm going to be really disappointed.
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5:06PM on 05/30/2014

Hmmm hard to get excited

All are decent enough choices but my desire to see this movie died when Wright left, to be honest im not even his biggest fan but this was his baby through and through and his passion for the project (not to mention the badass comic con test footage) was what made me want to see it in the first place. Oh well, I guess we'll see, if i had to pick I'd say Fleischer since his visual style could do the action scenes decent justice, i suppose.
All are decent enough choices but my desire to see this movie died when Wright left, to be honest im not even his biggest fan but this was his baby through and through and his passion for the project (not to mention the badass comic con test footage) was what made me want to see it in the first place. Oh well, I guess we'll see, if i had to pick I'd say Fleischer since his visual style could do the action scenes decent justice, i suppose.
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4:59PM on 05/30/2014

Robert Rodriguez

You guys can tell me if this is an insane or awful idea but how about Robert Rodriguez directing Ant-Man? I know he is kind of a maverick that basically hangs on the fringes of the Hollywood system but I think he could possibly do something interesting with Ant-Man and he has a good grasp on mixing action and comedy. Everything else aside do the Schmoes think he would make a decent Ant-Man film if he decided he could work with Disney and Marvel? Also Phil Lord and Christopher Miller seem
You guys can tell me if this is an insane or awful idea but how about Robert Rodriguez directing Ant-Man? I know he is kind of a maverick that basically hangs on the fringes of the Hollywood system but I think he could possibly do something interesting with Ant-Man and he has a good grasp on mixing action and comedy. Everything else aside do the Schmoes think he would make a decent Ant-Man film if he decided he could work with Disney and Marvel? Also Phil Lord and Christopher Miller seem like they may be the best in the business at mixing action and comedy, I think they would be my top choice. Any thoughts on either of those choices?
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6:25PM on 05/30/2014
Lord and Miller would be near the very top of my list for this.
Lord and Miller would be near the very top of my list for this.
4:47PM on 05/30/2014

Ruben Fleischer

Out of these 3 I would say Ruben Fleischer is my top choice because of how well he mixed comedy and action in Zombieland which is such a great film. He has an interesting eye for visuals and out of all 3 of these guys if he hits it on the sweet spot he will knock it out of the park which I don't feel McKay or Thurber are capable of doing. Obviously 30 Minutes or Less wasn't as good as Zombieland but it still had it's moments and was fairly funny; as for Gangster Squad that was a massive pile
Out of these 3 I would say Ruben Fleischer is my top choice because of how well he mixed comedy and action in Zombieland which is such a great film. He has an interesting eye for visuals and out of all 3 of these guys if he hits it on the sweet spot he will knock it out of the park which I don't feel McKay or Thurber are capable of doing. Obviously 30 Minutes or Less wasn't as good as Zombieland but it still had it's moments and was fairly funny; as for Gangster Squad that was a massive pile of shit...like I said I would pick Ruben Fleischer because he has the best chance to do something special and has experience handling action sequences but none of these names makes me 1% as excited as I was to see Edgar Wright's take on the character and the genre. I like Jedd's idea of Doug Liman for a Marvel film,
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4:35PM on 05/30/2014
Edgar Wright was the only thing getting me into a theatre seat for Ant-Man.
Edgar Wright was the only thing getting me into a theatre seat for Ant-Man.
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3:52PM on 05/30/2014
I'd like to see Matthew Vaughn or Jeff Wadlow direct Ant-Man.
Kick-Ass and X-Men First Class fro Vaughn, Kick-Ass 2 for Wadlow. Guys who understand action and rhythm and effects and framing. Also pacing and character.
I'd like to see Matthew Vaughn or Jeff Wadlow direct Ant-Man.
Kick-Ass and X-Men First Class fro Vaughn, Kick-Ass 2 for Wadlow. Guys who understand action and rhythm and effects and framing. Also pacing and character.
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6:27PM on 05/30/2014
Matthew Vaughn, heck yeah, I'd love to see him tackle a Marvel Studios film. But after Kick-Ass 2, I never want to see Jeff Wadlow get anywhere near another comic book film again (and really hope he doesn't end up directing X-Force like he's been rumored to).
Matthew Vaughn, heck yeah, I'd love to see him tackle a Marvel Studios film. But after Kick-Ass 2, I never want to see Jeff Wadlow get anywhere near another comic book film again (and really hope he doesn't end up directing X-Force like he's been rumored to).
3:52PM on 05/30/2014
Why not Joe Carnahan?
Why not Joe Carnahan?
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3:46PM on 05/30/2014
Um none of these guys really get my juices flowing.
Um none of these guys really get my juices flowing.
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2:24PM on 05/30/2014
... ugh to all for this type of picture. I'm not in the camp that Ant-Man should and could have only been directed by Edgar Wright... but if you're going to go without Wright then you need to pick someone who is going to be able to handle larger flair, especially if they're coming in shortly before pre-prod. Also, each of these guys makes their own movies through and through... what about them is attractive to Marvel that they don't think they're going to have the same issues as they did with
... ugh to all for this type of picture. I'm not in the camp that Ant-Man should and could have only been directed by Edgar Wright... but if you're going to go without Wright then you need to pick someone who is going to be able to handle larger flair, especially if they're coming in shortly before pre-prod. Also, each of these guys makes their own movies through and through... what about them is attractive to Marvel that they don't think they're going to have the same issues as they did with Wright? If thats the case... then why not bury the hatchet with Wright and let him make his movie?
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6:30PM on 05/30/2014
I'm really curious what it is about Rawson Marshall Thurber that makes you think he makes his "own movies through and through." Dude seems like a total studio hack to me.
I'm really curious what it is about Rawson Marshall Thurber that makes you think he makes his "own movies through and through." Dude seems like a total studio hack to me.
2:10PM on 05/30/2014
Keep Adam McKay the hell away from this. I see Marvel wants more of a frat boy comedy vibe to this than the intelligent high-brow humor (or more accurately humour) that Wright would have brought to the MCU.
Keep Adam McKay the hell away from this. I see Marvel wants more of a frat boy comedy vibe to this than the intelligent high-brow humor (or more accurately humour) that Wright would have brought to the MCU.
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4:51PM on 05/30/2014
The Russo brothers were known as comedy directors and look what they managed to do with Captain America. Just because directors have experience in one genre doesn't mean they are incapable of any other type of film.
The Russo brothers were known as comedy directors and look what they managed to do with Captain America. Just because directors have experience in one genre doesn't mean they are incapable of any other type of film.
8:25PM on 05/30/2014
True, but McKay has only directed one kind of movie over and over again. I haven't seen anything slightly different from him in over a decade. He could still surprise me, though.
True, but McKay has only directed one kind of movie over and over again. I haven't seen anything slightly different from him in over a decade. He could still surprise me, though.
2:43AM on 05/31/2014
Brokendreamer - McKay isn't a comedy director, he's a guy with two cameras who lets comedians improv for two hours over a vague script
Brokendreamer - McKay isn't a comedy director, he's a guy with two cameras who lets comedians improv for two hours over a vague script
1:56PM on 05/30/2014

Jonathan Levine?!

Where is he?! Screen Rant has reported that he too is on this purported short-list, in which case I am MORE than on 'Team Levine.' See, even THAT has a nice ring to it!
Where is he?! Screen Rant has reported that he too is on this purported short-list, in which case I am MORE than on 'Team Levine.' See, even THAT has a nice ring to it!
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4:34PM on 05/30/2014
He would be my top choice of the names I've heard!
He would be my top choice of the names I've heard!
1:49PM on 05/30/2014
None of these choices are even close to be as interesting and intriguing as Edgar Wright. I have no idea what the disagreements were between him and Marvel but they definitely lost a talented creative force and their attempt at filling the void is laughable.
None of these choices are even close to be as interesting and intriguing as Edgar Wright. I have no idea what the disagreements were between him and Marvel but they definitely lost a talented creative force and their attempt at filling the void is laughable.
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1:48PM on 05/30/2014
Ruben Fleischer is the best out of these three. I never saw Gangster Squad or 30 Minutes or Less but he showed a fantastic balance of humor, horror, and action in Zombieland. I do not think Adam McKay is a terrible choice either, I hated Talledega Nights but Anchorman will always be a favorite of mine.
Ruben Fleischer is the best out of these three. I never saw Gangster Squad or 30 Minutes or Less but he showed a fantastic balance of humor, horror, and action in Zombieland. I do not think Adam McKay is a terrible choice either, I hated Talledega Nights but Anchorman will always be a favorite of mine.
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1:43PM on 05/30/2014
I would say Adam McKay.Thurber isn't a good choice.Fleischer's films lately have been,shity.McKay would be a good replacement.
I would say Adam McKay.Thurber isn't a good choice.Fleischer's films lately have been,shity.McKay would be a good replacement.
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1:26PM on 05/30/2014
I do think Adam McKay is the best fit for a few reasons, the most important being he hasn't made a movie that has bombed yet. Yes that might have something to do with only making movies with Will Ferrell in them, however, he was worked twice with both Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and John C Reilly (GotG) and I'm sure that will help him get the gig. Plus, the action scenes in The Other Guys were done well and he's basically just going to be shooting what Edgar Wright already story boarded. It's the
I do think Adam McKay is the best fit for a few reasons, the most important being he hasn't made a movie that has bombed yet. Yes that might have something to do with only making movies with Will Ferrell in them, however, he was worked twice with both Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and John C Reilly (GotG) and I'm sure that will help him get the gig. Plus, the action scenes in The Other Guys were done well and he's basically just going to be shooting what Edgar Wright already story boarded. It's the allegedly new crappy script that needs to be doctored on the go and I think he's the best director at improvising the script along the way considering how much improvisation he films for his movies.
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1:24PM on 05/30/2014
Awful final 3....
Awful final 3....
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1:20PM on 05/30/2014
McKay's films have become increasingly political over the years which, in my opinion, isn't necessarily a bad thing but I think he goes a bit overboard with it sometimes. If he can keep that in check, I'd be happy to see him get the job.
McKay's films have become increasingly political over the years which, in my opinion, isn't necessarily a bad thing but I think he goes a bit overboard with it sometimes. If he can keep that in check, I'd be happy to see him get the job.
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1:03PM on 05/30/2014
I would say give it to Ruben Fleischer. I thought 30 Minutes or Less sucked, but very much enjoyed Gangster Squad, and Zombieland.
I would say give it to Ruben Fleischer. I thought 30 Minutes or Less sucked, but very much enjoyed Gangster Squad, and Zombieland.
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1:02PM on 05/30/2014
Adam McKay all the Adam McWay
Adam McKay all the Adam McWay
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1:11PM on 05/30/2014
You should be in marketing!
You should be in marketing!
1:16PM on 05/30/2014
Let me know what you think of my other brilliant slogan: Ant-Ma-Dam McKay
Let me know what you think of my other brilliant slogan: Ant-Ma-Dam McKay
1:31PM on 05/30/2014
I've updated the article art, respectively. ;)
I've updated the article art, respectively. ;)
12:54PM on 05/30/2014
Fleischer hasn't exactly repeated the quality of Zombieland, but out of these choices, I figure it probably has to be him.
Fleischer hasn't exactly repeated the quality of Zombieland, but out of these choices, I figure it probably has to be him.
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12:50PM on 05/30/2014
I'm voting for Fleischer w/ McKay runner up. Based on what I watched of 'Millers' before turning the turd off, I'm not in Thurber's corner.
I'm voting for Fleischer w/ McKay runner up. Based on what I watched of 'Millers' before turning the turd off, I'm not in Thurber's corner.
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6:49PM on 05/30/2014
Agreed.
Agreed.
12:50PM on 05/30/2014
Ruben Fleischer for me as I really like Zombieland. Gangster Squad isn't bad either.
Ruben Fleischer for me as I really like Zombieland. Gangster Squad isn't bad either.
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12:48PM on 05/30/2014
These are all comedy directors, but comedy directors of a slightly different stripe than Edgar Wright. Of the three, I'd say give it to Fleischer. Gangster Squad is actually okay if taken as a Dick Tracy-type deal rather than a realistic gangster movie. After seeing Edge of Tomorrow, I'm pretty convinced Doug Liman would make a great director on a Marvel movie.
These are all comedy directors, but comedy directors of a slightly different stripe than Edgar Wright. Of the three, I'd say give it to Fleischer. Gangster Squad is actually okay if taken as a Dick Tracy-type deal rather than a realistic gangster movie. After seeing Edge of Tomorrow, I'm pretty convinced Doug Liman would make a great director on a Marvel movie.
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