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New contenders for directing Snow White and the Huntsman 2 and Ant-Man

06.04.2014

I always feel better when a project develops with a director through the entire process, but sometimes you have to make changes for better or worse. Two upcoming films are looking for directors and both have shortlists of names. While Marvel's ANT-MAN may be scrambling to find a filmmaker to fill the vacant shoes of Edgar Wright, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is taking their time in choosing a successor to Rupert Sanders.

Deadline is reporting that Universal's shortlist of directors for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2 include Frank Darabont, Gavin O’Connor and Andy Muschietti. Darabont is an intriguing choice and I would love to see him handle a big scale movie, just not this one. O'Connor is best known for directing Disney's hockey movie MIRACLE and the fan favorite MMA flick WARRIOR with Tom Hardy. He most recently took over duties on JANE GOT A GUN starring Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, so he is familiar with stepping in for another helmer. Muschietti has only directed one film: the Guillermo Del Toro produced MAMA and was long attached to Universal's MUMMY reboot before leaving due to creative differences. It is curious that he would be looked at for another high profile film that he wouldn't have full creative control over.

As for ANT-MAN, Adam McKay, Rawson Marshall Thurber, and Ruben Fleischer have conflicting projects or have turned down the project, but a couple more names have been dropped into the mix, also following with the prerequisite that they have comedy experience. FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL and NEIGHBORS director Nicholas Stoller has been name-dropped along with WHAT IF and GOON director Michael Dowse. Both directors have a lot of upside but neither has handled a project as big as ANT-MAN. If either of them passes, that may put a big red flag on whether ANT-MAN movies forward.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2 is slated for a 2016 release while ANT-MAN is on pace for a July 17, 2015 premiere.

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8:56AM on 06/05/2014
Is Matthew Vaughn avaliable? I mean, he gave us Kick Ass and First Class. Solid choice for AntMan
Is Matthew Vaughn avaliable? I mean, he gave us Kick Ass and First Class. Solid choice for AntMan
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8:01AM on 06/06/2014
I highly doubt Vaughn would curve to the Marvel way
I highly doubt Vaughn would curve to the Marvel way
8:17AM on 06/05/2014
Ya know, every director needs their breakout movie. Goon was a great small movie, it had some good emotional moments and a lot of hilarious ones. Maybe he's not experienced enough, but I say Michael Dowse is a good choice for this.
Ya know, every director needs their breakout movie. Goon was a great small movie, it had some good emotional moments and a lot of hilarious ones. Maybe he's not experienced enough, but I say Michael Dowse is a good choice for this.
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6:35AM on 06/05/2014
Its only been two weeks or so since Wright walked away, so I'm not ready to say the sky is falling yet. At worse they have to push the release day back a bit. One candidate I'd consider is Peter Stebbings.
Its only been two weeks or so since Wright walked away, so I'm not ready to say the sky is falling yet. At worse they have to push the release day back a bit. One candidate I'd consider is Peter Stebbings.
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11:47PM on 06/04/2014

Well...

Maybe it's time for Marvel to admit they were wrong and get Edgar Wright back so the film is done right, before it ends up in development hell.
Maybe it's time for Marvel to admit they were wrong and get Edgar Wright back so the film is done right, before it ends up in development hell.
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11:37PM on 06/04/2014
The only thing I'm afraid now is either Paul Rudd or Michael Douglas might leave the film.
The only thing I'm afraid now is either Paul Rudd or Michael Douglas might leave the film.
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9:46PM on 06/04/2014
I have a feeling someone like Harold Ramis might have worked. He was able to very deftly combine comedy and fantasy sci-fi action spectacle. How about Frank Oz? Does this generation have its own Harold Ramis?
I have a feeling someone like Harold Ramis might have worked. He was able to very deftly combine comedy and fantasy sci-fi action spectacle. How about Frank Oz? Does this generation have its own Harold Ramis?
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2:49PM on 06/05/2014
"Does this generation have its own Harold Ramis?"

Yes, Edgar Wright.
"Does this generation have its own Harold Ramis?"

Yes, Edgar Wright.
9:02PM on 06/04/2014
If all else fails, maybe the character should be relegated to an ensemble piece instead of a solo film? I'm not saying i wouldn't want an Ant Man movie, but reality might be that a solo effort might not be in the cards at this time.
If all else fails, maybe the character should be relegated to an ensemble piece instead of a solo film? I'm not saying i wouldn't want an Ant Man movie, but reality might be that a solo effort might not be in the cards at this time.
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8:43PM on 06/04/2014

Honestly, I like this directors A LOT better for Ant-Man than the previous list.

It's a crying shame that Wright left the film, not doubt about it, and the script could be a mess for all we know, but honestly it sounds like the script wasn't even in issue with Marshall, McKay and Fleischer turning it down. In all three cases it was an issue of timing. Personally, I greatly prefer Stoller to McKay and think he's an overall better filmmaker, and Dowse is by far the most interesting option they've tossed out so far. "Take Me Home Tonight" was a dud, but Goon really is a
It's a crying shame that Wright left the film, not doubt about it, and the script could be a mess for all we know, but honestly it sounds like the script wasn't even in issue with Marshall, McKay and Fleischer turning it down. In all three cases it was an issue of timing. Personally, I greatly prefer Stoller to McKay and think he's an overall better filmmaker, and Dowse is by far the most interesting option they've tossed out so far. "Take Me Home Tonight" was a dud, but Goon really is a superior little comedy and it's a shame it didn't get a larger release. It also had a very welcome edge. I could get behind either one of these choices.
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7:49PM on 06/04/2014
It'll be interesting to see what happens with Ant Man, I still have high hopes.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with Ant Man, I still have high hopes.
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6:03PM on 06/04/2014
Is it too much to ask Marvel swallows their pride, tries to compromise and get Edgar Wright back? Obviously they're doing something wrong because no director wants to touch whatever they did to it. At this point, Tim Story will say, 'I'm available?'
Is it too much to ask Marvel swallows their pride, tries to compromise and get Edgar Wright back? Obviously they're doing something wrong because no director wants to touch whatever they did to it. At this point, Tim Story will say, 'I'm available?'
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5:46PM on 06/04/2014
If not Wright, then get Jon Favreau to do another superhero film within the Marvel Universe. He's the only director who's familiar with the material (other than Wright) who could do a successful job with little time left to finish.

I mean he did give us two great Iron Man films already. Why not Ant Man too?
If not Wright, then get Jon Favreau to do another superhero film within the Marvel Universe. He's the only director who's familiar with the material (other than Wright) who could do a successful job with little time left to finish.

I mean he did give us two great Iron Man films already. Why not Ant Man too?
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6:04PM on 06/04/2014
Doubtful after the experience he had with Iron Man 2....
Doubtful after the experience he had with Iron Man 2....
9:03PM on 06/04/2014
Correction - he gave us one great Iron Man film
Correction - he gave us one great Iron Man film
5:44PM on 06/04/2014

Awful

Wright has his own tone but I bet they worked hard to create a story that didn't jar with the tone of the rest of Marvelverse. The (particular set of) skills that Wright has as a visual comedic director, the fun, the flair, making even little train trips from one place to another highly entertaining, is pretty unique. And now they are looking for some old point and shooter to replace him? Fuck that.
Wright has his own tone but I bet they worked hard to create a story that didn't jar with the tone of the rest of Marvelverse. The (particular set of) skills that Wright has as a visual comedic director, the fun, the flair, making even little train trips from one place to another highly entertaining, is pretty unique. And now they are looking for some old point and shooter to replace him? Fuck that.
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8:47PM on 06/04/2014
Rawson Thurber Marshall is a totally vanilla choice, I'll give you that much. To a much lesser extent McKay and Stoller are as well, in that they both do broad, R-rated comedies that while enjoyable, really probably could be done just as competently by other directors. However, Fleischer and Dowse both have pretty unique directorial voices. They could do much, much worse than these two new names.
Rawson Thurber Marshall is a totally vanilla choice, I'll give you that much. To a much lesser extent McKay and Stoller are as well, in that they both do broad, R-rated comedies that while enjoyable, really probably could be done just as competently by other directors. However, Fleischer and Dowse both have pretty unique directorial voices. They could do much, much worse than these two new names.
9:02PM on 06/04/2014
They could do worse. Goon is a cool film, sure. Its just that compared to Wright, these guys are pedestrian. These comedies, people tell jokes, the camera moves back and forth, if it wasn't for the comedians you could be watching drama, soap opera, anything. Wright is really clever in how he shoots, edits, and scores his films, using all his tools to enhance the story, the jokes and the action. He could have made pretty damn unique superhero film.
They could do worse. Goon is a cool film, sure. Its just that compared to Wright, these guys are pedestrian. These comedies, people tell jokes, the camera moves back and forth, if it wasn't for the comedians you could be watching drama, soap opera, anything. Wright is really clever in how he shoots, edits, and scores his films, using all his tools to enhance the story, the jokes and the action. He could have made pretty damn unique superhero film.
5:35PM on 06/04/2014
What Marvel need to do is head round to Edgar's house with a box of chocolates and a bunch of roses, get on their knees and apologise, say it was a one-time thing, it didn't mean anything, that they want to try again, that they've learnt from their mistakes and won't fuck up again.
What Marvel need to do is head round to Edgar's house with a box of chocolates and a bunch of roses, get on their knees and apologise, say it was a one-time thing, it didn't mean anything, that they want to try again, that they've learnt from their mistakes and won't fuck up again.
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5:29PM on 06/04/2014

I have this feeling that

With 4 directors dumping Ant-Man (one leaving and 3 refusing) that the script simply isnt up to snuff and that they will all around CANCEL Ant-man and never go back to it and replace it with either Hulk 2 or Iron Man 4 (both of which were not planned as far as we know)
With 4 directors dumping Ant-Man (one leaving and 3 refusing) that the script simply isnt up to snuff and that they will all around CANCEL Ant-man and never go back to it and replace it with either Hulk 2 or Iron Man 4 (both of which were not planned as far as we know)
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5:40PM on 06/04/2014
To be fair 2 of the 3 last contenders had other projects on the go. If McKays schedule was free I'm sure he would take it. Its obvious they are gunning for a comedy director on this.
To be fair 2 of the 3 last contenders had other projects on the go. If McKays schedule was free I'm sure he would take it. Its obvious they are gunning for a comedy director on this.
6:00PM on 06/04/2014
Ya I guess. We will see. I wont lie. I could do with or without Antman. Ill see it of course and itll go right on my shelf with my phase 1 and 2 movies. Just if it doesnt get made. Well. I wouldnt feel anything.
Ya I guess. We will see. I wont lie. I could do with or without Antman. Ill see it of course and itll go right on my shelf with my phase 1 and 2 movies. Just if it doesnt get made. Well. I wouldnt feel anything.
8:52PM on 06/04/2014
Yeah, agreed. Wright obviously isn't happy with the current script, but there's nothing that even remotely hints that McKay, Marshall and Fleischer were unhappy with it, or that they even read it. It was totally just a matter of timing. The script could be junk for all we know, or it could be totally fine and something that Wright personally just didn't agree with.
Yeah, agreed. Wright obviously isn't happy with the current script, but there's nothing that even remotely hints that McKay, Marshall and Fleischer were unhappy with it, or that they even read it. It was totally just a matter of timing. The script could be junk for all we know, or it could be totally fine and something that Wright personally just didn't agree with.
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