ANT-MAN Gets 2 New Writers for Last-Minute Production Polish

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It all began with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, but quite a few names have been thrown into the Ant-Man mix since.  It’s been reported that Eric Pearson, the Marvel One Shot scribe, is the man responsible for delivering a draft that wound up increasing the divide between Wright and Marvel, Wright dropped out, Peyton Reed stepped in and Adam McKay signed on to rewrite the script for him.

With so many big changes happening so quickly, and so close to the start of principal photography at that, you’d think that would be it, but Marvel’s not ready to forge forward with the project just yet.  The script still needs work and the studio has recruited Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer to do it.  Hit the jump for more.

ant-man-gabriel-ferrari-andrew-barrerFerrari and Barrer first scored some serious attention after graduating from NYU and landing a spot on the 2010 Black List with Die in a Gunfight.  However, according to Latino Review, it’s their draft of Sabrina the Teenage Witch that got them the gig to polish the Ant-Man script.

The Wrap confirmed the report and also pointed out that the pair will handle any necessary on-set changes.  A writer is typically on hand while shooting so alternations can be made swiftly.  Clearly Wright and Cornish weren’t going to do that after walking and apparently McKay is too tied up with other projects, so Marvel picked up Ferrari and Barrer because they’re “younger,” “cheaper,” and also because their scripts have a similar tone to what Marvel is aiming for here.

Really, this happens all the time.  There are countless tentpoles out there with a lengthy list of writers attached.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but the problem with adding more to Ant-Man specifically at this point is that you just can’t help but think, enough is enough.  The film has gone from the highest of highs, having all the potential in the world pairing Marvel’s resources with Wright’s unique style, to essentially crashing and burning last minute and then seemingly desperately being stitched back together.  Perhaps Wright and Cornish’s script is still in there, but we’ve lost a lot of what made Ant-Man special, added a lot of Hollywood drama, and now it’s just tough to be as excited and hopeful anymore.

However, in an effort to look on the bright side, if Ferrari and Barrer are as good as they say, they could make the film better, right?  It can be risky to have so many creatives in play, but these are two young, new guys who I’d like to imagine are very eager to make a good impression.  After all the recent disappointment, perhaps that kind of enthusiasm and gusto is exactly what Ant-Man needs.

Ant-Man is expected to go into production in August with Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson leading the roster. Marvel still plans to release it on July 17, 2015.

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  • NorCalJ

    While were at it they should bring in Damon Lindelof to write something too, Michael Bay should executive produce, Hans Zimmer should do the score, and it should be post converted to 3D by the same people who did the post work on Clash of the Titans.

    • Thomas K.

      I don’t like how You threw a literal genius like Hans Zimmer into the fold with the rest of this.

      It was literally Hans’ score that kept Me watching Man of Steel… Spiderman 2…. not so much, but that wasn’t just Him.

      I’m being an annoying FanBoy Troll right now, and I’m sorry, but this bothers Me.

      • NorCalJ

        Bernard Herman = Genius, John Williams = Genius, Jerry Goldsmith = Genius…Hans Zimmer not even close. He’s made some amazing scores, and can be very creative, but then he started repeating himself and trying to see if he can make the next score louder than the one before. He writes 3 songs then remixes them 10 different ways and calls it a score.

        Also he’s never won an oscar because he works with a team of writers who write music for him, and then assist in the sound design and edit, how else would he make 3-4 scores a year?!?

        A score is suppose to accent the film not support it and make it work. Just compare The Dark Knight Rises to the previous two films, something was lacking big time from that score, and I don’t think its a coincidence that its also the only Nolan Batman film James Newton Howard didn’t score. Zimmer’s second or third most famous score ( Pirates ) was actually written by Klaus Badelt… but this is not the place or the time for this argument.

      • Thomas K.

        Bro, If You have other Composers that You think are as good if not better than Zimmer that’s fine… But don’t deminish what Zimmer has accomplished threwout his Career, over, and over again, simply because His spike in Popularity that is stemming from The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Man of Steel.

        Simply just try and recommend other Composers We should also give the chance to have that Popularity, other than Zimmer.

        Because by deminishing Hans’ achievements, You are there for also deminishing all of the above’s.achievements.

        John Williams, who I love, and always will, has 2 sounds, Blockbuster, and Historical. Like I said, He does them both Amazingly, and to a Genius level. But, like most composers, has a signature sound that He tends to stick, too.

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      • Manchego Cheese

        The piece of music most commonly associated with Inception, the track ‘Mind Heist’, neither featured in the finished film or was written by Zimmer.

        He’s by no means a hack, he’s in fact quite talented in his line of work, but he’s a bit of a flavour of the month type of composer, I feel. He’s hot at the moment, but surely not on the strength of his work, because outside the odd flourish here and there (‘What Do You Want To Be…’ from Man of Steel) it’s not particularly memorable.

        Personally I feel Michael Giacchino is the best in the business right now.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Come on, John Williams has repeated himself plenty outside his few masterpieces.

      • Johnson

        Has any of you idiots even ever listened to anything these people have ever created… John Williams and Hans Zimmer are most probably among the very best musicians at all. True, Williams’ scores tend to be more fanfares and Zimmer’s scores tend to be heavier, but that’s just their style. 99% of all of the music that these two write is pure genious. Only Thomas Newman, Alexandre Desplat and James Horner come close (among the living, of course).

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’m not saying they’re not geniuses, I’m simply saying both of them have written scores that aren’t up to par with their best work and seem to be generic brassy scores (for Williams) or bass-heavy pieces (by Zimmer) that seem to do little more than give the film that composer’s trademark flair but without having a distinct flavor to call it’s own. Like John Williams’s score for The Patriot – it’s clearly him, but there’s nothing about it that makes it distinct or memorable.

        If I asked you to hum the theme to The Patriot or Stepmom or Home Alone 2 – could you? Could anyone? Could even John Williams? Probably not because they’re so nondescript that you’d never even know they were his scores if it weren’t for all the brass.So yeah, even these genius composers coast from time to time. But hey, not every score can be Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Superman, Jaws, etc.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’m not saying they’re not geniuses, I’m simply saying both of them have written scores that aren’t up to par with their best work and seem to be generic brassy scores (for Williams) or bass-heavy pieces (by Zimmer) that seem to do little more than give the film that composer’s trademark flair but without having a distinct flavor to call it’s own. Like John Williams’s score for The Patriot – it’s clearly him, but there’s nothing about it that makes it distinct or memorable.

        If I asked you to hum the theme to The Patriot or Stepmom or Home Alone 2 – could you? Could anyone? Could even John Williams? Probably not because they’re so nondescript that you’d never even know they were his scores if it weren’t for all the brass.So yeah, even these genius composers coast from time to time. But hey, not every score can be Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Superman, Jaws, etc.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’m not saying they’re not geniuses, I’m simply saying both of them have written scores that aren’t up to par with their best work and seem to be generic brassy scores (for Williams) or bass-heavy pieces (by Zimmer) that seem to do little more than give the film that composer’s trademark flair but without having a distinct flavor to call it’s own. Like John Williams’s score for The Patriot – it’s clearly him, but there’s nothing about it that makes it distinct or memorable.

        If I asked you to hum the theme to The Patriot or Stepmom or Home Alone 2 – could you? Could anyone? Could even John Williams? Probably not because they’re so nondescript that you’d never even know they were his scores if it weren’t for all the brass.So yeah, even these genius composers coast from time to time. But hey, not every score can be Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Superman, Jaws, etc.

      • milo

        Zimmer won an oscar for Lion King. And while Badelt was also credited on the first Pirates movie, Zimmer did the main theme for it. You can tell because he lifted it almost verbatim from Gladiator.

        But yeah, I’d agree he’s way overrated, used to be a solid composer but lately has been dabbling more in sound design and textures and repetitive ostinatos and giant drum riffs with not much in the way of themes. Not a bad composer but hardly a genius, I’d rank a number of working composers way ahead (Powell, Giacchino, Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, even Elfman etc).

    • Thomas K.

      I don’t like how You threw a literal genius like Hans Zimmer into the fold with the rest of this.

      It was literally Hans’ score that kept Me watching Man of Steel… Spiderman 2…. not so much, but that wasn’t just Him.

      I’m being an annoying FanBoy Troll right now, and I’m sorry, but this bothers Me.

    • Thomas K.

      I don’t like how You threw a literal genius like Hans Zimmer into the fold with the rest of this.

      It was literally Hans’ score that kept Me watching Man of Steel… Spiderman 2…. not so much, but that wasn’t just Him.

      I’m being an annoying FanBoy Troll right now, and I’m sorry, but this bothers Me.

    • TigerFIST

      Don’t forget Brett Ratner

  • Mike

    I know Marvel is getting a ton a crap for getting rid of Edgar Wright, but I am glad that they are staying on track with the release date while also (hopefully) carefully tweaking the parts they felt did not seem to fit well. I have much more faith in Marvel fixing this than DC fixing their Justice League clusterfuck.

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      • Verbal Kent

        LOL

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    • Thomas K.

      Clusterfuck?

      They’ve had Two Total Writers, so far, working on 3 Films….
      Is it because DC doesn’t have a “Feige”…

      A. Why does the Release Date matter to You? Is Your Anxiety rreeeallly that bad?
      B. Having 3 different Writers and another Director come on, probably, means a little bit more than tweeking… Hopefully not an overhaul, but I doubt they would’ve let Edgar go if they only had a handful of problems with His Vision of the Film.
      C. Just calm down and wait until we get half way threw the amount of Films Marvel has released until we insult DC.

      • YodaRocks

        Ok, lest see.
        1. Man of Steel happens. Is a ‘hit’, but a horrible film and gets a sequel. So far so OK.
        2. Man of Steel ‘sequel’ has Batman, still ok, because Wayne Industries was teased in an easter egg.
        3. But Batman is in the title! And is played by the guy who was Daredevil and acted in Gigli.
        4. Then added Wonder Woman and played by a super-skinny, non-action, non-actress.
        5. Ruined Lex Luthor by casting a one-dimensional actor.
        6. Added some not-so-famous JL characters, leaving the main ones (Flash, Green Lantern) and called it ‘Dawn of Justice’. At this point it is no longer a sequel to MoS
        7. Finally Added Aquaman, who is taller than Superman!
        8. Rumors of more Villians.
        If this isn’t a clusterfuck then what is?

      • Thomas K.

        1. Man of Steel is a mediocre Film based on a shitty screenplay by David Goyer who did everything possible to avoid the amazingness of the Batman Begins.
        (This is just My opinion, but Goddard is a Moron who happens to Read Comics & Know how to Talk to Execs and Producers…. So happy they have Terrio on to re-write/write these Films.)
        2. You need an Easter Egg to decide if Batman can be in the sequel?
        3. Chris Evans was in Fantastic Four. Done.
        4. Fair.
        5. Jokes, You got ‘em.
        6. Fair, but fact You leave off Martian Manhunter takes away from Your opinion on JL. (Although, they are supposed to be in more “Easter Eggy” roles, which You earlier argued was a reason to be okay with this one, so Will You be okay with JL because of THESE Easter Eggs?)
        7. Since when has Supes been the Tallest Superhero?? I never once remember reading about his Height, in My. Entire. Life.
        8. The “Villains” would be more like the Actual Villains’ Personal Assistants. Less, “Suit-em-up and fight the Heroes”-type of Villains that You think they may be.

        And I’m not saying the Movie can’t turn out awful (Because it definately could) but I’m not trying to base My Opinion and Excitement-Level of this film by Rumors not actual Press Releases from the Studios and Filmmakers.

        Marvel has always been Public with Info/Thoughts… It has worked in their favor up until this point, but with this Film, it’s backfiring.
        WB/DC has always been pretty silent about their Films (pre-trailers)… sometimes to it’s benefit, sometimes to it’s own harm… I’m just holding out any actual opinion until a Trailer or 2 has been released…

        That is all. My Trolling is over…. My Apologies.

      • Thomas K.

        I’m an idiot….
        I wrote Goddard instead of Goyer…

      • Lovecraftlives

        Yes, you are!. Marvel is where it is at!

      • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

        You care about Aquaman’s HEIGHT?

      • X-Men – Marvels #1 Team

        Who says he’ll be bad as Luthor, have you seen him in the role?

        Height, seriously?

    • YodaRocks

      If you compare with DC then it sounds good. But on a whole, Marvel has botched up this project.

    • Verbal Kent

      Are those Disney checks worth your dignity though?

    • The Walking Cuban

      Not knocking JL, but as a marvel fan, I agree wit da udda stuff you said.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      See, you were good until you threw in that random jab at DC…

  • Strong Enough

    man fuck this movie. seriously.

  • Strong Enough

    man fuck this movie. seriously.

  • Strong Enough

    man fuck this movie. seriously.

  • Strong Enough

    man fuck this movie. seriously.

    • Tom

      Still going to see it opening night though, I bet.

      • TigerFIST

        Yea but it still sucks!!!

      • Strong Enough

        oh i’ll see it. when the dvdrip comes online

      • Damn

        Ummm . . . .you still download dvd rips? BluRay rips are way better. And if you get .mkv’s, they’re often smaller than 1GB.

      • World’s Finest Comments

        Ummm….you still download? Streaming is the way to go now. No digital paper trail or clutter on your ram.

      • Spanky

        Oh yeah streaming doesn’t create an audit trail

        You understand streaming is EXACTLY the same as downloading?

      • Strong Enough

        I stream it

      • Damn

        Dude . . . you need broadband to stream. I can’t guarantee internet in more than half the places i take my computer. And plus, its easy to play on a flat screen as long as your tv came with a usb port.
        And strong enough . . . isn’t it annoying when you make a post that starts with “Ummm . . . .” and someone always feels the need to reply with “Ummm . . . .”? It pisses me off to no end.

    • TigerFIST

      Yes this sucks!!!

  • TigerFIST

    This sucks big time and Perry is right! From the highest highs to crashing and burning! I have no hope! Whoever is responsible for ruining Wrights script sucks! This is stupid and SUCKS!!!

  • TigerFIST

    This sucks big time and Perry is right! From the highest highs to crashing and burning! I have no hope! Whoever is responsible for ruining Wrights script sucks! This is stupid and SUCKS!!!

  • TigerFIST

    This sucks big time and Perry is right! From the highest highs to crashing and burning! I have no hope! Whoever is responsible for ruining Wrights script sucks! This is stupid and SUCKS!!!

  • Verbal Kent

    First Jonah Hex, now Ant-Man. WTF is going on in these creative meetings?

    • Thomas K.

      I’m not familiar with what happen to Jonah Hex…. elaborate, please…

      I’d like to know how they made two Academy nominated Actors, Fassbender and Brolin, into jokes.

      • Verbal Kent

        Jonah Hex, like Ant-Man are characters best left on the pages of comic books.

  • Verbal Kent

    First Jonah Hex, now Ant-Man. WTF is going on in these creative meetings?

  • Verbal Kent

    First Jonah Hex, now Ant-Man. WTF is going on in these creative meetings?

  • huey

    LOL “polish” this movie is going to be such a cluster-fuck.

  • PresidentObama

    I’m sure they can’t push the release date a year further with all the contracts been signed and probably the sets being made, but basically not having a year from principal photography(August,2014) and the actual release date(July,2015) strangely reminds me of Alien3, which was one of the most rushed and crushed movies in history. Sad:(

  • PresidentObama

    I’m sure they can’t push the release date a year further with all the contracts been signed and probably the sets being made, but basically not having a year from principal photography(August,2014) and the actual release date(July,2015) strangely reminds me of Alien3, which was one of the most rushed and crushed movies in history. Sad:(

    • The Walking Cuban

      You’re the president. FIX it.

  • PresidentObama

    I’m sure they can’t push the release date a year further with all the contracts been signed and probably the sets being made, but basically not having a year from principal photography(August,2014) and the actual release date(July,2015) strangely reminds me of Alien3, which was one of the most rushed and crushed movies in history. Sad:(

  • Person

    I don’t really see the big deal. Most of the damage is done, something like this is nothing in the grand scheme of things.

  • Person

    I don’t really see the big deal. Most of the damage is done, something like this is nothing in the grand scheme of things.

  • Person

    I don’t really see the big deal. Most of the damage is done, something like this is nothing in the grand scheme of things.

  • Thomas K.

    WAIT, WAIT, WAIT!!!
    It was the awful writing behind the One-Shots (excluding All Hail The King) that knocked Wright out of this?!?!
    That’s WHO?!?!
    He literally has 40 minutes, TOPS, to his Writing Career!!!
    I’m done.

    I’m at a loss of Words.

    Maybe I should send in a Draft?

  • Mike Sloan

    Fucking Green Lantern

    • Thomas K.

      Winner. Roll the Credits. Cut to Commercial.

  • MJ

    NO ONE CARES……

    • Thomas K.

      I’d agree, but we’re both commenting. So….

    • Verbal Kent

      Very few people care.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Then why did you leave a comment?

      • MJ

        You are mistaken. I did not make a substantive comment on this article.

  • Al

    My names is Ozymandias! Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! – Kevin Feige

  • Al

    My names is Ozymandias! Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! – Kevin Feige

  • appolox

    Well at least their trying, I guess.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Maybe you can try with your grammar at least.
      *They’re.

  • eternalozzie

    Glad Wright is gone … there was something obviously really wrong with this script.

    • Strong Enough

      yeah it was GOOD. You know Marvel only spits out mediocre crap.

      • X-Men – Marvels #1 Team

        Yep. Formulaic, assembly line sameness.

      • DeathoftheEndless7

        Really? You read the script?

      • Strong Enough

        Yup. Do you believe me?

      • DeathoftheEndless7

        No.

      • Strong Enough

        you should

      • DeathoftheEndless7

        No.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Yeah, it didn’t look like a factory made, episodic cash-cow crap like a lot of Marvel’s films have been lately. It actually had vision and a voice to it, and we can’t allow something beautiful like that to exist. No sir.

    • eternalozzie

      The only reason you rewrite something this many times is because it won’t sell tickets or is too expensive to make … or any combo of those two … a.k.a. it’s broken.

  • James franco

    At this point do we really need a antman movie?

    • World’s Finest Comments

      At this point do we really need James Franco movies anymore?

  • X-Men – Marvels #1 Team

    Hardly anyone cares about Ant-Man, he’s barely C-list.

    Add to that the director problems, script changes and writer additions to further tweak and alter things, well this movie is D.O.A

  • fluxCAPS

    Marvel, can you say……CLUSTERFUCK?

  • milo

    It will be hilarious if after all this fanboy whining, the movie turns out to be great.

    “The film has gone from the highest of
    highs, having all the potential in the world pairing Marvel’s resources
    with Wright’s unique style…”

    Aside from the fact that you’re declaring the early drafts to be wonderful and the updates to be terrible based on nothing but your imagination, it’s not like Wright’s movies haven’t had parts that didn’t work particularly well.

    But keep up the hand wringing, it just lowers expectations so we can all be pleasantly surprised by the finished film.

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