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Have all three of Marvel's hopefuls for directing Ant-Man dropped out?

06.04.2014

Last week there were some strong rumors of three directors Marvel was looking at to took over directing duties on ANT-MAN, since Edgar Wright has left the project.  The three in contest were Adam McKay (ANCHORMAN), Rawson Marshall Thurber (WE'RE THE MILLERS) and Ruben Fleischer (ZOMBIELAND). All three had qualities somewhat comparable to Wright's, and are at least capable of delivering a project such as ANT-MAN. However, they also seem to be dropping like flies.

The first to respond to the news was Adam McKay:

Now it looks as if Rawson Marshall Thurber may have passed on the gig, as Jeff Sneider tweets (via ThisIsInfamous):

This leaves Ruben Fleischer left in the mix, but what of the earlier report that he may be negotiations to helm GHOSTBUSTERS 3? It's hard not bring up Fleischer's name as a candidate, given the most memorable scene in ZOMBIELAND, however Fleischer also seems like he knows how to balance action and effects with humor. As the earlier report states, his wife recently had a baby and shooting on GHOSTBUSTERS 3 probably won't begin any time soon, giving him time to spend with his family (as opposed to the ANT-MAN gig which Marvel looks like they're trying to get done as quickly as possible). Perhaps we may hear from Fleischer sooner, rather than later, on the matter.

Obviously there's plenty of directing fish in the sea, as these were just Marvel's rumored top picks to replace Edgar Wright, but I do find it interesting that each director is passing on the project. Does this say much for the state of ANT-MAN, or does it happen to be a coincidence? It's all a matter of time before a director says, "yes", but who?

The director-less ANT-MAN, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, is still set to be released on July 17, 2015.

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1:33AM on 06/05/2014
I'll do it, my fee: Black Widow all to myself for 24hrs. Marvel: balls are in your court!
I'll do it, my fee: Black Widow all to myself for 24hrs. Marvel: balls are in your court!
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3:21PM on 06/04/2014
You know what I hope happens next? Rudd and Douglas drop out. That's what you get for fucking over Edgar Wright, Marvel.
You know what I hope happens next? Rudd and Douglas drop out. That's what you get for fucking over Edgar Wright, Marvel.
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1:26PM on 06/04/2014
To the best of my knowledge, Scott Derrickson wasn't among the rumored contenders to direct "Doctor Strange". My point being that everyone who's rumored to be up for a Marvel gig aren't necessarily the only ones being considered.
To the best of my knowledge, Scott Derrickson wasn't among the rumored contenders to direct "Doctor Strange". My point being that everyone who's rumored to be up for a Marvel gig aren't necessarily the only ones being considered.
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1:26PM on 06/04/2014

STOP THE PRE-ARRANGED RELEASE DATE CRAP, Marvel!!!

It's obvious making Edger walk wasn't the solution, hire him back, and stop pre-arranging your box office receipts before the film is even filmed! As a fan, I would rather have a good film than big opening weekend box office. Even Summer release dates are a moot point, Thor 2 proved that! Whoever made this decision to not budge on the release date,should be knee deep in a barrel of excrement right now. BAD decision. Just adding to the negative gossip of Marvel burning bridges with the talent
It's obvious making Edger walk wasn't the solution, hire him back, and stop pre-arranging your box office receipts before the film is even filmed! As a fan, I would rather have a good film than big opening weekend box office. Even Summer release dates are a moot point, Thor 2 proved that! Whoever made this decision to not budge on the release date,should be knee deep in a barrel of excrement right now. BAD decision. Just adding to the negative gossip of Marvel burning bridges with the talent not in front of a camera.
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1:22PM on 06/04/2014
Damon Lindelof probably rewrote the script and that's why no one wants to direct this.
Damon Lindelof probably rewrote the script and that's why no one wants to direct this.
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2:51PM on 06/04/2014
Listed as Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright. Cornish wrote Tin-Tin and Attack the Block.
Listed as Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright. Cornish wrote Tin-Tin and Attack the Block.
12:45PM on 06/04/2014
I'll do it.
I'll do it.
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12:38PM on 06/04/2014
Everyone is passing because Marvel hasn't changed the release date. It's nothing more controversial than that.
Everyone is passing because Marvel hasn't changed the release date. It's nothing more controversial than that.
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12:25PM on 06/04/2014
The studios have screwed this up. They re-wrote the script and chased away Wright, and now the property is toxic, Thurber and McKay are out. They should let it leak out who at the Studio caused this mess by re-writing the script. One of the most anticipated properties that has been in the works for 6 years, was going great, Casting Rudd & Douglas, and then they chased away the director.
The studios have screwed this up. They re-wrote the script and chased away Wright, and now the property is toxic, Thurber and McKay are out. They should let it leak out who at the Studio caused this mess by re-writing the script. One of the most anticipated properties that has been in the works for 6 years, was going great, Casting Rudd & Douglas, and then they chased away the director.
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1:55PM on 06/04/2014
I'm with ya. Wonder what they'll do if Rudd and Douglas drop out.
I'm with ya. Wonder what they'll do if Rudd and Douglas drop out.
12:05PM on 06/04/2014
I don't want Ruben Fleischer. I liked Zombieland, but his track record since then is not very reassuring. If Wright would come back, I think it makes the most sense. Marvel has been pretty good about trying to give the fans what they want. And a lot of us wanted to see Edgar Wright's take on Ant-Man for years. At the same time, I take this as pure speculation that they've run through their choices already.
I don't want Ruben Fleischer. I liked Zombieland, but his track record since then is not very reassuring. If Wright would come back, I think it makes the most sense. Marvel has been pretty good about trying to give the fans what they want. And a lot of us wanted to see Edgar Wright's take on Ant-Man for years. At the same time, I take this as pure speculation that they've run through their choices already.
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12:04PM on 06/04/2014

uh oh

I just hope they find someone credible before the already signed on actors start second guessing the project... It would really suck to lose Paul Rudd...
I just hope they find someone credible before the already signed on actors start second guessing the project... It would really suck to lose Paul Rudd...
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12:02PM on 06/04/2014
Come on, Marvel, swallow your own pride and get Edgar Wright back!
Come on, Marvel, swallow your own pride and get Edgar Wright back!
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11:57AM on 06/04/2014

I hope they ask Edgar to come back.

And then he responds by sticking two fingers in the air and telling them to "PPPLBBT Jog on!"
And then he responds by sticking two fingers in the air and telling them to "PPPLBBT Jog on!"
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11:54AM on 06/04/2014
Just admit you made a mistake Marvel, and just re-hire Wright. There's no one else at this point who could deliver a better Ant-Man film than him.

If they have to hire another director, how about giving Jon Favreau another shot at directing another superhero in the Marvel Universe.
Just admit you made a mistake Marvel, and just re-hire Wright. There's no one else at this point who could deliver a better Ant-Man film than him.

If they have to hire another director, how about giving Jon Favreau another shot at directing another superhero in the Marvel Universe.
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3:14PM on 06/04/2014
I don't see how it's a mistake. Wright has never produced a big budget film successfully. He has a weird, quirky direction he wants to take the film in that won't mesh with the rest of Marvel's projects. Exactly how is it a mistake to say they'd rather use someone else?

After all the whining about getting Ant Man in the Avengers (which I still think will be stupid on screen), now suddenly everyone wants a project that eliminates Pym from ever appearing in a superhero film, and doesn't
I don't see how it's a mistake. Wright has never produced a big budget film successfully. He has a weird, quirky direction he wants to take the film in that won't mesh with the rest of Marvel's projects. Exactly how is it a mistake to say they'd rather use someone else?

After all the whining about getting Ant Man in the Avengers (which I still think will be stupid on screen), now suddenly everyone wants a project that eliminates Pym from ever appearing in a superhero film, and doesn't set up his successor to mix with any other Marvel film? Why?
4:13PM on 06/04/2014
"Wright has never produced a big budget film successfully" and James Gunn has? and Alan Taylor has? And Joe Russo & Other McFuckhead has? AND JOSS WHEDON HAS??????? Sincerely shove it all in your ass, and nobody gives a fuck who Hank Pym is, people don't even really care about Ant-Man yet. Even most comic book nerds don't actually give a shit about Pym except to say "Dat din't happen in da comic books!"
"Wright has never produced a big budget film successfully" and James Gunn has? and Alan Taylor has? And Joe Russo & Other McFuckhead has? AND JOSS WHEDON HAS??????? Sincerely shove it all in your ass, and nobody gives a fuck who Hank Pym is, people don't even really care about Ant-Man yet. Even most comic book nerds don't actually give a shit about Pym except to say "Dat din't happen in da comic books!"
9:29PM on 06/04/2014
Wow, you're disturbingly angry. Did it take a long time to develop those internet muscles, because it's really impressive when you swear a lot. I mean you totally turned me around on my saying that Wright has never directed a successful big budget film......Kudos for your well thought-out response. It was truly inspiring.
Wow, you're disturbingly angry. Did it take a long time to develop those internet muscles, because it's really impressive when you swear a lot. I mean you totally turned me around on my saying that Wright has never directed a successful big budget film......Kudos for your well thought-out response. It was truly inspiring.
9:53AM on 06/05/2014
Yep, the amount of curses definitely makes a counterpoint wrong. Despite being completely right in that almost every director who has worked for Marvel hasn't had a "successful big budget film" beforehand. But no I concede, clearly you are the smartest person in the room.
Go fuck yourself.
Yep, the amount of curses definitely makes a counterpoint wrong. Despite being completely right in that almost every director who has worked for Marvel hasn't had a "successful big budget film" beforehand. But no I concede, clearly you are the smartest person in the room.
Go fuck yourself.
11:33AM on 06/04/2014
Just bring back Wright. You made it this far, might as well see it through.
Just bring back Wright. You made it this far, might as well see it through.
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11:24AM on 06/04/2014
At this point, Marvel should just agree with Wrights vision, bring him back on board and let him do it his way.
At this point, Marvel should just agree with Wrights vision, bring him back on board and let him do it his way.
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11:20AM on 06/04/2014
Good. Glad they dropped out. Would love McKay to do something like this, but no matter some misses, Wright is an incredible reason. The script is also suppose to be terrible. So it's not going to be a good situation for whatever director picks it up. It'll either be a director for hire ala Ratner and X3, or an unknown-indie who thinks this will be his big break. Fanboys aren't gonna like it no matter what. If the script is that bad, hopefully directors make a stand and Marvel will
Good. Glad they dropped out. Would love McKay to do something like this, but no matter some misses, Wright is an incredible reason. The script is also suppose to be terrible. So it's not going to be a good situation for whatever director picks it up. It'll either be a director for hire ala Ratner and X3, or an unknown-indie who thinks this will be his big break. Fanboys aren't gonna like it no matter what. If the script is that bad, hopefully directors make a stand and Marvel will either shut it down, delay it, or go back to Wright.
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11:44AM on 06/04/2014
Who reviewed the script?
Who reviewed the script?
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