The behind-the-scenes action on Marvel’s Ant-Man is stuff of legend. Edgar Wright was originally attached to write and helm the film, but dropped out of the director’s chair over creative differences. When Peyton Reed came on as a replacement, Anchorman’s Adam McKay reworked the script with actor Paul Rudd. Now that Marvel has set a sequel into motion with Reed in talks to return, will McKay write the script?
Here’s what he had to say,
I was talking to [Paul] Rudd about it the other day. We’ll see what happens, but that would certainly be fun. I loved working with Marvel. And I have a couple of projects in development. One of them is more dramatic, one’s more comedy, still with a little bit of political teeth to it. And there’s a TV show idea I’ve been kicking around.
McKay is gearing up for the release of his latest project, the financial film The Big Short starring a slew of A-list talent. On the docket for 2016 are The Brothers Grimsby, which he produced for director Louis Leterrier, and the R-rated Melissa McCarthy comedy The Boss. Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael are also writing a comedy series for his production banner with Will Ferrell, Gloria Sanchez.
Not to say that Marvel is difficult to work with, but the superhero giant isn’t for everyone. Wright left on good terms, but Thor: The Dark World helmer Alan Taylor had an overwhelmingly negative experience and Avengers’ Joss Whedon is burnt out over so many movies. Ava DuVernay, meanwhile, realized early on in discussions over Black Panther that this environment wouldn’t suit her. Considering how much McKay apparently enjoyed working with Marvel, it seems to be in the studio’s best interest to further this relationship. However, we can’t forget that the script for Ant-Man was created by Wright and later revamped from McKay and Rudd. It’d be interesting to see an Ant-Man sequel that begins and ends with them.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is currently slated for release on July 6, 2018.