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.

Edgar Wright Exits Marvel’s ANT-MAN over Creative Differences

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Well, this is unfortunate news, but it’s being reported that Edgar Wright has vacated the director’s chair of Marvel’s Ant-Man.  Marvel Studios and Wright released a statement explaining the reason for the departure, saying it was “due to differences  in their vision of the film.”  This move is not expected to impact the July 17, 2015 release date as Marvel is zeroing in on a replacement, though no negotiations are currently in place.

Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly are still expected to star alongside Corey Stoll, Michael Peña and Patrick Wilson.  See the full statement from Marvel after the jump.

Cinematographer Bill Pope Talks COSMOS, the Challenges of the Series, Shooting ANT-MAN on Film, Falling Out with the Wachowskis, and More

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More than three decades after the debut of Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking and iconic series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is exploring the infinite expanse of the universe in the epic 13-episode Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, airing Sunday nights on Fox and available on Blu-ray/DVD on June 10th.  It is an adventure across space and time, with humanity’s heroic quest for knowledge and the laws of science at its core.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the show’s cinematographer Bill Pope, who also works as a director on the series, talked about what attracted him to the project, how choosing projects is an instinctual thing for him, what he hopes people take away from the experience of watching Cosmos, the challenges specific to shooting a hybrid series like this one, and how necessary it is to be able to ad-lib things on a project like this.  He also talked about his working relationship with director Edgar Wright, that he’ll be using the Panavision film cameras for Marvel’s Ant-Man, why he prefers film to digital, his favorite digital camera, why he hasn’t worked with the Wachowskis since The Matrix films, and what all great filmmakers have in common.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Kevin Feige Says Edgar Wright’s Plan for ANT-MAN Impacted How Marvel Approached the MCU; Confirms an Actor Has Been Cast as Thanos

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Earlier today, we shared a few nuggets of information about Marvel’s highly anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron from writer/director Joss Whedon, but now it’s time to hear from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.  He’s been the mastermind behind the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe from the beginning, and way back when Jon Favreau was gearing up to begin production on the first Iron Man, Feige already had Edgar Wright working on a feature film adaptation of Ant-Man.  Wright’s a busy guy so it’s taken some time for the movie to come together, but he finally has his cast set and is gearing up to begin production in just a few months ahead of Ant-Man’s July 2015 release date.

During a recent interview, Feige talked a bit about Wright’s Ant-Man, confirming that the story they locked into place for the film all those years ago has impacted how Marvel approached its cinematic universe (specifically the lineup for The Avengers), knowing how Ant-Man would later come into play.  Moreover, he again teased the appearance of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Read on after the jump.

A Look at Future Marvel Comics Adaptations by 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, and Marvel Studios

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I think we can safely say that we are living in a golden age … a golden age of comic book movies.  From follow-ups to the Avengers franchise, to a newly rebooted Spider-Man series, to past and present X-Men uniting to fight giant robots, who would have thought we’d ever see any of this during the days when we were lucky to get a Blade movie once in a blue moon? Though with this glut of costumed heroes hitting the silver screen, it’s sometimes hard to keep straight what is rumor and what is fact.  Seems like the perfect time to walk through what has been confirmed and what is still rumor in the world of Marvel’s mutants, gods, and charismatic billionaires in iron suits.

Hit the jump for an overview of the future Marvel comics adaptations—from Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox—that we have on tap for the coming years.

Kevin Feige Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, CAP 3, THOR 3, DOCTOR STRANGE, Thanos, ANT-MAN, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & More

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With directors Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Marvel sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening in North America this weekend, every day this week I’ll be posting a video interview for the film.  In the fantastic sequel, we find Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Loaded with amazing action, a fantastic script, and great character moments, Captain America: The Winter Solider is going to be a huge hit with Marvel fans and regular moviegoers alike.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.

During my exclusive video interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige he talked about when he first knew the film was turning out great, whether he heard about the positive reaction to the film after the first press screeningthe post-credits scenes and who directed them, Doctor Strange, Thor 3, Ant-ManGuardians of the Galaxy, if they have cast an actor as Thanos yet, his reaction to the news that Johansson was pregnant just as the Avengers: Age of Ultron is getting ready to shoot, Captain America 3, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Michael Peña Talks CESAR CHAVEZ, How He Landed the Role, Deleted Scenes, His Career, ANT-MAN, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez.  Starring Michael Peña in the title role, Cesar Chavez takes a look at the man’s life from laborer to leader, and the non-violent demonstrations he championed.  Just in case anyone really hasn’t heard of Chavez, he dedicated his life to improving the working conditions of California farm workers, eventually co-founding the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become the United Farm Workers.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta, Chavez’s partner in activism and co-founder of what eventually became the UFW, America Ferrera as Chavez’s wife Helen, and John Malkovich as a farm owner.

At the recent press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Michael Peña.  He talked about how he prepared for the role, his audition, his career, deleted scenes, whether he’s going to be in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Corey Stoll in Negotiations for Marvel’s ANT-MAN; Damian Lewis Joins OUR KIND OF TRAITOR; Mamie Gummer Takes a Slice of CAKE with Jennifer Aniston

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Here’s the latest casting news:

  • Corey Stoll is in negotiations to join Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man in an undisclosed role.  The Marvel movie, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña, Patrick Wilson and Evangeline Lilly, is due out July 17, 2015.
  • Damian Lewis has joined the John le Carré novel adaptation, Our Kind of Traitor, for director Susanna White.  Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard and Naomie Harris star.
  • Mamie Gummer has joined director Daniel Barnz’s Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

First Look at AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Concept Art, Plus New Images from GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN

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If you’re even the most casual of Marvel fans, I’m assuming you checked out ABC’s one-hour special, Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, or will when it airs in your neck of the woods.  While the bulk of that hour looked back on Marvel’s cinematic universe, we did get snippets of the upcoming films Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and, of course, Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Since filming just started on the latter picture, we got a cool look at some concept art from the film instead.  The early looks feature artist’s interpretations of Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, the Hulk, Black Widow, and a very special version of Iron Man. Hit the jump to check out all the goodies.

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