Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN May Shoot in London Next Year for Possible 2014 Release

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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.

ant-man-edgar-wrightA 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:

edgar-wright-ant-manWhen 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.




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  • ozzie

    This is going to suck … hollywood will destroy this character

    • Mike

      You are so wrong. Have you seen any of Edgar Wright’s films? The guy is a truly great director. Albeit, he’s only done comedies, but “Scott Pilgrim” featured many well-done action scenes, and the guy creates truly great characters (which is what Marvel has done so far). This has the promise to be one of the best movies of the next few years, so I am looking forward to it.

  • Twowolves

    I like Ant Man but I have doubts about a superhero that can be wiped out with a can of Raid.

  • Mike

    You are so wrong. Have you seen any of Edgar Wright\’s films? The guy is a truly great director. Albeit, he\’s only done comedies, but \"Scott Pilgrim\" featured many well-done action scenes, and the guy creates truly great characters (which is what Marvel has done so far). This has the promise to be one of the best movies of the next few years, so I am looking forward to it.

  • Rian

    The one thing that will make or break this movie (for me at least) is the casting of Ant Man himself. I think this film will be either very bad or surprisingly good.

  • Django9000

    I love love love Edgar Wright’s work. HOWEVER – please please please steer 1,000 miles clear of Michael Cera on this one.

    That casting debacle, I’m convinced, is solely responsible for sinking Scott Pilgrim.
    (Anyone else think they should’ve just had Kieran Culkin in the lead, & Cera as the ‘gay roommate’?)

    I so wish I could see this test footage. I’m psyched to see them elevate Hank Pym to Robert Downey level hilarity. (Possible? Who could fit the shoes? Simon Pegg? Nathan Fillion? WHO???)

    • ZeeDoktor

      There’s no way anything could reach Robert Downey Jr. level unless it’s Robert Downey Jr. in the role.

  • Django9000

    I love love love Edgar Wright\’s work. HOWEVER – please please please steer 1,000 miles clear of Michael Cera on this one.

    That casting debacle, I\’m convinced, is solely responsible for sinking Scott Pilgrim.
    (Anyone else think they should\’ve just had Kieran Culkin in the lead, & Cera as the \’gay roommate\’?)

    I so wish I could see this test footage. I\’m psyched to see them elevate Hank Pym to Robert Downey level hilarity. (Possible? Who could fit the shoes? Simon Pegg? Nathan Fillion? WHO???)

  • CanIHaveASlice?

    Here’s hoping they can pull this one off. I have faith in Edgar as a film maker, but this movie is going to be really easy to screw up.

  • Dannyboy3030

    Ant-man needs to be someone who is both arrogant and likeable. How about James Franco or Chris Pine. Someone who can pull off action and comedy.

    • Lizard King

      This sounds like a job for Robert Downey, Jr.! I think he could pull double duty as both Iron Man and Ant-Man. Then they can throw in Chris Evans’ Human Torch to fight beside his Captain America!

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    This is so going to bomb. The only people going to see this are the AntMan comic book geeks. Empty theaters all around the country.

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