ANT-MAN: Marvel Confirms Peyton Reed as Director with Adam McKay Onboard as Screenwriter; First Official Synopsis Revealed

     June 7, 2014

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The search is over for Ant-Man’s replacement director as Marvel confirms Peyton Reed as the new helmer.  In a bit of a surprising twist, Adam McKay will board the picture in a screenwriting capacity and will make contributions to the script.  Last night we reported that Reed had emerged as frontrunner for the position, though a rival story claimed that David Wain was also in contention.  Seems like the Reed story won out as the Yes Man director will now take over duties from Edgar Wright, who exited the film due to creative differences.  McKay was originally sought to replace Wright but turned down the offer fairly quickly, however, he must have shared a few notes with the studio to earn mention as a screenwriter.

Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Patrick WilsonEvangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  Hit the jump for more, including the first look at the film’s official synopsis.

peyton-reed-ant-man-directorHere’s Marvel’s official confirmation of Reed and McKay joining Ant-Man‘s filmmaking team, along with the film’s synopsis:

When Marvel’s “Ant-Man” hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film’s script.

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

It hasn’t been all that long (two weeks) since Wright exited, even though it seems like an eternity due to all of the rumors and speculation flying around.  Whatever your reaction to Reed as the new director may be (and feel free to share that in the comments), at least the film is now back on track for its July 2015 release.

Now, as for that synopsis, it paints Rudd’s Scott Lang as a con-man rather than a more traditional thief, and it also sets him up as the apprentice to his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) rather than having them meet through fate alone.  Perhaps more interesting than this take on the characters’ relationship is the revelation that they’ll actually be working together in the heist, though whether Douglas, at nearly 70 years old, will be in on the action or remain behind the scenes is still up for debate.

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