Kevin Feige Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Franchise Potential, Adam McKay’s Work on the ANT-MAN Script, and the Status of DOCTOR STRANGE

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As President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige gets to enjoy the accolades associated with their successful films, while suffering the slings and arrows of sub-par performances or crowd-displeasing decisions.  Nowadays, Feige can field questions on both sides of that line in the same interview.  That’s exactly what he did at Barcelona’s CineEurope event, in which he talked about the potential for a Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, the decision to bring Adam McKay onboard to rewrite Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man script, and the current status of Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

ANT-MAN Rumors: Origin Story, Character Costume, and Film’s Villain Possibly Revealed

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It will always be tough to get excited about Ant-Man again.  I don’t necessarily mind Peyton Reed directing and Adam McKay contributing to the script.  I think they’re both talented.  In some ways, Reed and McKay are an exciting team-up, and if they were working together on any other movie, it would probably pique my interest.  But the specter of Edgar Wright‘s vision will always leave a “What if?” over the entire production.  However, we have to live in the now, and now we’re wondering what Ant-Man will be.

Hit the jump for Ant-Man rumors about the hero’s origin, his costume, and the film’s villain.  The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Patrick Wilson, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  [Minor Spoilers Ahead]

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

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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.

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

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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.

ANT-MAN Star Michael Douglas Responds to Edgar Wright’s Depature, Calling It “Disappointing”

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While Edgar Wright was free to leave Marvel’s Ant-Man over creative differences, the rest of the cast remains locked in place.  While most of them are refraining from making comments while the search for a new director continues, veteran Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas has no such reservation.  In a recent interview for his new film And So It Goes, Douglas briefly commented on his reaction to Wright’s departure, calling it “disappointing” and that “you’ll be hearing a whole lot from him – and I’m sure with a little vengeance.”

Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Peña, Patrick WilsonEvangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.  Hit the jump for Douglas’ full comments.

ANT-MAN Update: Nicholas Stoller Not Involved with Marvel Movie

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We have it on very good authority that reports of Nicholas Stoller’s name “making the rounds” in the discussion over who will ultimately direct Ant-Man are unfounded.  It’s understandable that all sorts of names will get thrown around in the  presumed chaos that has resulted from Edgar Wright departing the project just a few days ago, but Stoller ain’t the man for Ant-Man.  However, someone’s gotta direct this thing, right?  It’s not just going to become self-aware and assemble itself into a cohesive film, will it?  Hit the jump to sort out who’s in and who’s out.

ANT-MAN Drama Continues as Director Rawson Marshall Thurber Passes on Offer from Marvel; Nicholas Stoller in the Mix [Updated]

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Ant-Man appears to be Marvel’s on-going orphan property as the directorial drama continues.  Let’s rewind.  Though Edgar Wright had been working on the adaptation of the size-changing comic book hero since 2006, Marvel gave him the ant-ax almost two weeks ago citing disagreements over script changes.  A trio of potential replacements was quickly established, with Adam McKay entering into talks and quickly turning down the offer.  Zombieland director Ruben Flesicher was also in the mix, but is likely considering the director’s chair for Ghostbusters 3.  That left us with Rawson Marshall Thurber as the lone director in contention.  At least that was the case until earlier today when he reportedly passed on the offer [Update: Or perhaps wasn't even offered it at all?].  Hit the jump for more.

[Update #2: In a report on a different film altogether, Deadline still says Thurber is "the favorite" for Ant-Man but adds that Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) and Michael Dowse (Goon) are names that are "making the rounds."]

TOP 5: MALEFICENT, ANT-MAN Director Search, New SNOWPIERCER Trailer, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, LEFT BEHIND Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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I’m a week late to the game on this one but I’m going to share my thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past today nevertheless. While not on par with the excellent X-Men: First Class, I found DOFP to be a worthy follow-up that does an admirable job of bringing continuity to the movie tapestry while mercifully retconning X-Men: The Last Stand out of the discussion almost entirely. Also, for all of the cynicism I threw the film’s way over Quicksilver’s costume design, Evan Peters steals the show during his all too brief screen time. Without giving away too much to those who still haven’t caught the movie, his primary scene is the best that DOFP has to offer and tops Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House in X2 which is not praise that I heap lightly. While not without its flaws (the scenes set in the future are far less compelling than the story playing out in the past), DOFP is still a solid entry in the series that has me looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse.

All DOFP reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Maleficent interviews and review, Marvel’s ongoing search to find someone/anyone to direct Ant-Man following Edgar Wright‘s departure, the new trailer for Snowpiercer, Matt’s review of A Million Ways to Die in the West and an interview with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage starring in the first trailer for the new Left Behind film because he can. Keep reading for brief recaps and links for all of the above.

Adam McKay in Talks to Direct ANT-MAN for Marvel [Update: McKay Has Now Exited the Film, Comments on Meeting]

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Just yesterday, we reported that Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber was leading the trio of directors who were being eyed to replace Edgar Wright on Marvel’s Ant-Man.  Now, it looks like Adam McKay is the one who’s actually in talks to take on the job.  Wright recently departed the project (one he’s been attached to since 2006, before the dawn of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe) over disagreements with script changes, leaving the studio without a leader at the helm.  Keen to keep their July 17, 2015 release date in place, Marvel moved rather quickly to find a replacement.  While McKay is certainly an accomplished director of the funnies, he’s an interesting choice if only because his comedic and directing style is so different from Wright’s.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: Wow, this project may actually be cursed. McKay was poised to sign his contract today, but THR reports that he has now pulled out of the film completely, adding that the decision was his alone. I guess this leaves us with Thurber or Ruben Fleischer. Read McKay's comments on the matter after the jump.]

Rawson Thurber Emerges as ANT-MAN Director Frontrunner; Ruben Fleischer Also in the Mix and Is Being Considered for GHOSTBUSTERS 3

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It’s a big day for Marvel news stories.  Josh Brolin has just been confirmed to play the “Big Bad” Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy and future Marvel Studios films, and earlier this morning a shortlist of contenders to take over Ant-Man surfaced.  Following Edgar Wright’s exit from the film, Marvel has been working quickly to line up a new director that can start production imminently, as the cast and pre-vis are already set and the studio is racing towards a July 17, 2015 release date.  The reported shortlist includes Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay, Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer, and Rawson Marshall Thurber, who most recently directed the comedy We’re the Millers.

Now, according to a new report, Thurber has surfaced as the frontrunner to be the new Ant-Man director, while Fleischer is also in consideration for the helm of Ghostbusters 3.  More after the jump. [Update: And now it looks like McKay will be the one to take the gig, as he is currently in talks with Marvel for the director's chair.]

ANT-MAN Director Contenders Include Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, and Rawson Thurber

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To say fans are dismayed at the abrupt exit of director Edgar Wright from his long-planned Marvel adaptation Ant-Man is an understatement.  The filmmaker departed the film last week after the studio heavily rewrote his script, leaving the studio scrambling to find a replacement with just under a year before the film’s release.  Since filming had already been pushed back to address issues Marvel had with the script by Wright and Joe Cornish, we knew a replacement announcement would be coming soon, and now a list of filmmakers that are meeting with the studio has surfaced.  With contenders like Adam McKay (Anchorman), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), and Rawson Thurber (We’re the Millers) in the mix, it’s clear that Marvel is keen on landing a director well-versed in the comedy genre.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: A new report pegs Thurber as the frontrunner for the job.]

Confirmed: Edgar Wright Left ANT-MAN over Script Changes; Marvel Looking to Fill Key Crew Positions

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I won’t add to the outcries about Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man beyond saying it sucks, it’s bad for Marvel, and bad for fans (I said a lot more about it on this week’s The Collision podcast).  It was rumored that Wright’s seemingly abrupt exit was due to significant rewrites from Marvel’s in-house writers, and the new script completely undid the story Wright and co-screenwriter Joe Cornish wanted to tell.  THR confirms this report saying, “new rewrites took place without Wright’s input, and when he received Marvel’s new version early during the week of May 19, he walked.”  Additionally, THR reports that some insiders feel the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy may have already gone too far, and Wright’s vision “might have been too quirky the Marvel universe.”

Hit the jump for more.  The film stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Patrick Wilson, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey StollAnt-Man opens July 17, 2015.

THE COLLISION: Episode 90 – ANT-MAN and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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This week on The Collision, we talk about last week’s news that Edgar Wright had left Ant-Man followed by Drew Goddard leaving Daredevil.  This brings us to a discussion about what this means for Marvel’s future, a rejection of auteurs in favor of a more homogenized vision, studio influence, and more.  We also give our thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Godzilla“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

James Gunn Responds to Edgar Wright’s Exit from ANT-MAN

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The fallout from Edgar Wright’s departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man is still being measured, especially since a recent rumor suggests that the reason was less the innocuous “creative differences” and more due to extensive script rewrites from the studio with top-down pressure from Disney/Marvel.  Caught in the middle is director James Gunn, who is friends with Wright but also the writer/director of Marvel’s next big effort, Guardians of the Galaxy.  As such, he recently posted a carefully worded response to the news on his own personal Facebook page.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Rumor: Edgar Wright Left ANT-MAN Due to Significant Script Rewrites from Marvel

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Many are still reeling from yesterday’s news that Edgar Wright has left Marvel’s Ant-Man, myself included.  Wright’s exit came as a pretty big shock to everyone, since Wright has been developing the comics adaptation with Marvel going so far back as 2006—he even showed up at Comic-Con alongside Jon Favreau before production on the first Iron Man began.  For Wright to leave Ant-Man after that much investment, and just months before filming was poised to begin, something significant must have occurred behind the scenes.

While there’s no telling when or if we’ll ever get the full story of what happened, a new report has surfaced claiming that Wright’s exit was due to significant rewrites to his script by the higher-ups at Marvel.  Hit the jump for more.

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