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

     August 15, 2010


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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  • PorkChopExpress

    These second-tier comic book adaptations wont have the built in audience of something like Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Xmen etc, and I'd go as far as saying Capt America & Thor don't have nearly as much either, especially outside the US.

    Those films will need to carry their own weight as a good film, not just as a comic book come to life. Whether they perform as films in themselves or not, will no doubt decide the future of the genre.

    Take Iron Man for instance, most of the people I know have most certainly heard of the property, but not a great deal of them could have really cared about the film being made. But when it came out it was just good, fun and a helluva ride to sit through carried by a great performance.

    The lesser known or more forgotten about properties will need to capture atleast some of that great recipe for them to continue being made as tent pole blockbusters in any capacity unless their name is Batman, Superman or Spiderman… maybe Xmen…

  • TheJokingWalrus

    i honestly believe in Wright and hopefully Ant-Man could be a decent hero flick.

    and i don't know if Vaughn's comments on the superhero genre could come true or not, but he's made a point. it could be only a matter of time

  • junierizzle

    I don't think we should put much stock into what Vaughn said. KICK-ASS wasn't that good. If you take away Hit-GIRL it's actually kind of MEH.

    I'm sure Wright would make a good ANT-MAN movie. BUt if people didn't turn out to see Scott Pillgrim than they sure as hell aren't going out to see ANT-MAN.

    I think WRIGHT should bail out on this one.

  • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

    no ant-slapping?

  • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

    well, I don't really think audiences in the US have any idea of who Wright is — so it's not like they're gonna say “ohh the guy who made the Scott Pilgrim movie? didn't that one bomb?”

  • http://awesomesauce.blogg.se tigersuit

    Stop being so cynical. In the long run the Box Office doesn't really matter, as long as it's not a complete dissaster. I'm sure, that if wright endS up making it, it will definitely be a good movie and will likely make it's money back, if not in cinemas then it will on the homemarket.

    And people whining about pilgrims opening: it's wrights biggest opening in the us, and it will definitely make it's money in the long run. And I'm sure it will gather a HUGE DVD/bluray following over the years.

  • TacoSalad

    These second tier characters don't need to be set up as tentpole summer blockbusters all the time – I think it's an excellent idea to develop a larger breadth of stories with smaller budgets and talented filmmakers. In fact, I think the superhero genre almost certainly will start to die out if production studios don't start taking risks and trying new things, as people will start to tire of the formulaic stories we've been seeing over the past number of years.

    A unique take on characters like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Nova, Iron Fist, etc. could really breathe life into the genre creatively and keep people interested for when the tentpoles come around.

  • dannyboy3030

    Iron Fist is one of my favorites. Maybe even an Iron Fist/Powerman flick with both of their origins and the beginning of the Heroes for Hire.

  • Big John

    Before their movies came out/were announced, properties like Iron Man & Thor were “second tier” superhero movies in my mind. Make a good flick and people will go see it.

  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    Let's face it. Studios are much more interested in sheer box office performance today. The home video market has been in decline, and I don't see a studio justifying a CGI intensive super hero flick because the director's last film sold a lot of DVDs. Pilgrim just didn't grab the audience it deserved. Period. There is not other way around it.

    Who knows. I am rooting for Wright.

  • Xel

    Cloak and Dagger!

  • http://awesomesauce.blogg.se tigersuit

    You should read Kevin smiths tweets about this subject. The studios doesn't care that much for the box office, aslong as they make back the budget and a tiny bit of profit, they're all good.
    There are alot of directors still working today who at some point made movies that tanked at the boxoffice. Everybody is taking boxoffice numbers waaay too seriously.

    Give scott pilgrim a few weeks and it will have made back its money. Plus when the international boxoffice is in, it will look a lot better.

  • Swlotrre

    i know who wright is and i live in the us. am i in the minority here?

  • Swlotrre

    super hero movies have been around for a long time and they will continue to be around for an even longer time. Kick ass was a kick ass movie but it was more in the vein of quentin tarantino/ robert rodriguez/ graphic novel, not actual classic superhero movie material. Bad ass pulp fiction. Vaughn didn't make the dark knight for christ's sake, what does he know? Ooooh he got the xmen reboot, phooey. I think we need more time between new xmen and spiderman movies anyway. I'm all for second tier stuff and after seeing all of edgar wright's movies im inclined to say that any super hero movie he gets behind i will get behind.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4EJQXSAJP7TL4EFVRN4D3LIYA j1607760

    Matthew Vaughn doesn't know what he's talking about -no surprise! Blade was a fourth-tier character that NOBODY had heard of, and it spawned two sequels, a TV show (albeit short-lived) and most surprisingly of all made Wesly Snipes relevant again.

    So Vaughn is merely bemonaing his own obsolescence, and hoping that since own talentless movies have consistently bombed (say, did any see Stardust either? Didn't think so!) that he can crap on the genre.
    Then why is he ruining –oops, I mean making, very slowly given that he still hasn't assembled a cast YET!– X-Men:First Class? If comic book movies are going out of style shouldn't he be moving on to a more worthy project then?

    Or is he full of crap. Yep, I think he's just full of it.

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