ANT-MAN Director Update: New Report Has Peyton Reed as Frontrunner, David Wain Also in the Mix

     June 6, 2014


The latest update in the on-going Ant-Man director search is that Peyton Reed (Bring It On, The Break-Up, Yes Man) is the current frontrunner for the job.  Reed, whose upcoming 50th birthday would certainly be made sweeter by landing the gig, has a string of comedies both in television and on the big screen.  However, the closest thing to an action-comedy in his resume appears to be the cheerleading picture Bring It On, which doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence.  On the other hand, he does have a pair of $200+ million efforts at the box office, though the bulk of that comes from the international arena.  Another report suggests that David Wain (They Came Together, Wanderlust, Role Models) is also in contention, with a case strengthened by his previous work with star Paul Rudd.  Hit the jump to get this all sorted out.

david-wain-ant-manAs The Wrap reports, Reed is the frontrunner for the high-profile director’s chair on Marvel’s Ant-Man.  While their source says that Reed has emerged as a serious contender for the position, the only case they make for why Reed would win out over other contenders like Rawson Marshall Thurber, Ruben Flesicher, or Michael Dowse is that he “could use the job a little more than they could.”

Heat Vision, however, reports that Wain is also in the hunt for the helm.  This makes a bit more sense in light of their concordant report that “the single biggest thing Marvel is looking for is someone who can work with the talent already assembled.”  While it’s important to note that this report also mentions Reed as being in discussions with the studio, it might just come down to establishing the best working relationship off camera.  Then again, Wain’s name might be making the circuit for no reason other than he and Rudd have the upcoming R-rated comedy They Came Together opening on June 27th.

Neither Wain or Reed has much experience in the action-comedy department, but I’d give Wain the edge at this point simply due to his relationship with Rudd.  If I had my pick of the current lot, I’d like to see what Goon director Dowse can do with the material, but at this point Marvel just needs a warm body to put in the seat.



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  • Bobby

    They need to get Michael Haneke to direct this film.

    • Strong Enough

      if you want the little kids to cry

    • Dobby

      I was thinking either Lars Von Trier or Todd Solondz….. although Rian Johnson could be pretty cool

    • fluxCAPS

      Don’t Wright off Marvel crawling back to Edgar just yet.

  • anthonyg1500

    In a perfect world every director will turn it down and Marvel will have to go back to Edgar Wright with their tail between their legs

    • André Camilo


    • Redjester

      And that, my friend, will be the only scenario in which I’ll pay to see this film.

  • Anthony

    They need to get an actual ant to direct this movie. I think everyone would watch it then. Imagine that: the world’s first movie directed by an Ant.

    • Lex Walker

      Wasn’t Antz directed by an ant? Heck, based on the fact that they filmed inside an anthill, I’m pretty sure the whole crew was ants.

    • Dark Knight of Steel

      What about Dec?

    • 80sRobot

      What is this? A movie for ants?

  • Drake

    What next? Michael Pressman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze) frontrunner to land Ant-Man director’s chair.

  • Peter

    Marvel is really desperate

  • AverageGamers

    “They Came Together” looks really good, I like the choice. But the other one, he was gonna do the Fantastic Four but was opted out, which means another great choice.

  • JC

    Oh fuck it

  • Lex Walker

    I think David Wain is a pretty out there choice, but that said, I’m curious and would definitely watch it.

  • Silverchair76

    Uwe Boll is the man for the job. Just look at his impressive list of cinematic achievements. He would make the citizen Kane of superhero flicks!

  • Matty


  • TigerFIST

    I have a great idea. Let Edgar Wright make his movie Marvel!

  • Royale With Cheese

    Wow, talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel. If the author of this article didn’t include their works I would have no idea who they are. Bring It On? Role Models? The only thing that will be funny about this movie is how desperate Marvel has become.

    • Pk

      It’s starting to show how desperate marvel has become to get this unknown superhero of the ground. The only reason people were excited about this movie was because of wright. After Douglas,I wouldn’t be surprised if the rest of the cast loose interest in this movie. The impressive cast and Steven price scoring is only thing keeping me interested in this flick

      • Royale With Cheese

        Speaking of the cast, Evangeline Lily finally caught a break being cast as one of the leads in a major tentpole film and this happens. I thought she was pretty one dimensional until I saw the Hobbit and she was great in there. I was happy to see her doing something worthwhile after Lost besides being called in after several actresses turn down a role (that lame rock ‘em sock ‘em robots movie with Hugh Jackman, I don’t remember the name and it isn’t worth googling, oh yeah, Real Steel or something).

      • Grayden

        Real Steel wasn’t that bad, but Lily’s role was nothing more than the cheerleader love interest.

      • Pk

        Yeah lily was awesome as turiel

  • MCP

    Michael Bay.

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  • Cpt Rex Kramer

    Not sure why Marvel is pursuing all these Directors who work in the comedy genre. I say get John McTiernan. After prison, he needs the work.

    • Grayden

      Perhaps because it’s going to be an off-beat superhero film with more comedy than usual. Like all of Wright’s films to date have been.

      Which begs the question: What script changes did Marvel make then? Since all of Wright’s film have been off-beat genre films with comedic overtones.

  • PresidentObama

    Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace), got talent and the vibe this movie needs : )

  • Beatific

    The development of this movie has gone to shit.

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  • Connor

    Marvel just tweeted: Adam McKay is on as a writer, and Peyton Reed is directing.

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  • Adrian

    Which wouldn’t make much of a dent anyway since none of Wright’s films have ever earned more than 90 mil worldwide.

  • Jeffy

    I haven’t heard “Strong Enough” called Penelope since his Pole Dancing youth. Just slap her for calling you out!