Edgar Wright to Make ANT-MAN a “Bad-Ass Secret Agent”

     August 15, 2010

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The uninspiring box-office premiere of the critically-lauded Scott Pilgrim vs. the World may have the fanboys howling in the aisles but director Edgar Wright is already looking forward to his next project. The production of Ant-Man, the oft-ridiculed superhero movie that has been in development for several years now, is getting closer as Wright has confirmed to Vanity Fair that he is getting set to work on the second draft of the script. In his own words, he wants the final product to be “a shrinking film about a bad-ass secret agent.” Hit the jump for more.

At first glance the comic, which began in 1962 and featured Henry Pym as a scientist who could shrink down to the size of an ant and then control huge armies of the insects by means of a powerful helmet, does not seem to fit the mold of a typical superhero blockbuster. In fact, the character is often associated with the Avengers but Marvel pointedly left him off the roster of the upcoming Avengers film. Despite the kiddie-films-only stigma that shrinking movies have Wright, an avid fan of the comics, is very earnest about the project.

Color me cynical but I am inclined to see the development of Ant-Man as proof positive that Matthew Vaughn’s comments on the decline and fall of the superhero cinematic empire were on the mark. Though Wright clearly knows how to make quality films (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim), I have a hard time envisioning Ant-Man becoming more than a $40 million budget late January-early February release that opens in higher than 5th place. I applaud Marvel for taking risks with their properties but if the studio wants to keep up superhero genre alive and well, it might behoove them to pick more accessible heroes to expand their universe. That said, what second-tier superhero do you think Marvel should be developing? Sound off in the comments.

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