Though we’ve watched a number of Marvel films move through the development stages over the years, culminating in their theatrical release, writer/director Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man has yet to actually move to the production phase even though it’s been “in the works” for quite a few years. This wasn’t exactly a surprise, as Wright is an understandably busy guy (he referred to his development process on Ant-Man as “the Terrence Malick approach”), but fans of both Marvel and the filmmaker have been eager to see Ant-Man come to the big screen.
The project took a big step forward when Wright shot some test footage earlier this summer and then debuted it at Marvel’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con, and now it looks like we could be seeing Ant-Man finally come to fruition much sooner than previously expected. 2014, to be exact. Hit the jump for more.
A script for Ant-Man, by Wright and Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish, has been in place for a number of months, and now wheels seem to be in motion to get the comic book adaptation in front of cameras next year. Steve recently sat down for an interview at Comic-Con with Marvel Studios Co-President and Item 47 director Louis D’Esposito, and the exec mused that Ant-Man “might be an opportunity” where they do three films in one year, adding that it could be possible to get the film finished in time for release alongside Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.
The Marvel scoopmasters over at Latino Review seem to have corroborated D’Esposito’s statement, as they’ve learned that the plan right now is for Ant-Man to take over Marvel’s London production branch once Thor: The Dark World wraps. The Chris Hemsworth-fronted sequel doesn’t start filming until August, but this means that Wright could feasibly start working on Ant-Man early next year.
The wait isn’t an issue for the director, as he’s currently gearing up to start production on his next film—a long-awaited reunion with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost called The World’s End—this September. Pegg recently clued fans into Wright’s schedule following the Ant-Man footage premiere at Comic-Con, as a means of dissuading fears that the superhero property had derailed their World’s End plans:
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) July 15, 2012
When The World’s End was initially announced, a spring 2013 release was being eyed. It’s not clear if this release strategy still stands, but this would mean that Wright could finish up the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy closer completely before devoting himself full-time to Ant-Man. I’d be elated to hear that we have two new Edgar Wright films on the way two years in a row regardless of the material, but the prospect of Wright tackling a Marvel pic on a large scale is doubly exciting.
Again, we still have no confirmation of Ant-Man’s production schedule and given the fluid nature of the moviemaking business, it’s entirely possible that these plans could be altered and Ant-Man could be pushed to 2015. That said, Marvel is likely hoping to include the Ant-Man character in The Avengers 2 which is probably being targeted for a 2015 release, so I’d imagine the studio is doing everything they can to get Ant-Man off the ground sooner rather than later.