ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed Talks Stepping Into Edgar Wright’s Shoes, the State of the Script and the Film’s Villains at Comic-Con

     July 29, 2014

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Director Peyton Reed, known for his fantastic work in Bring it On and Down With Love, was most certainly facing an uphill battle this past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con. After all, he’s not just the new director on Ant-Man, he’s replacing geek-beloved auteur Edgar Wright on the project.  It takes a confident hand to introduce yourself as the guy who replaced Wright at this kind of convention, but I’m confident Reed will turn in a good movie (however different it may be than Wright’s take).

But life moves on and Ant-Man is marching forward (as ants do) with cast members Paul RuddMichael DouglasCorey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly still in place.  Steve caught up with Reed at SDCC right after the film’s panel and was able to spend a few minutes with him getting a status report on the project.  Topics include the state of the script, how it fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film’s villains and more.  Hit the jump to watch.  Ant-Man opens July 17th, 2015.

ant-man-costumeAnd if you missed our Ant-Man video interview with Paul Rudd at Comic-Con, click here.

Peyton Reed:

  • 0:00 – The film starts shooting in three weeks, where are they with the script?  Reed confirms that it’s not done but the script so far is “terrific.”
  • 0:38 – Reed elaborates on the test footage that was shown during the SDCC panel.  They wanted to show what the relationship between Hank Pym and Scott Lang would look like.
  • 1:20 – The challenges of fitting Ant-Man into the MCU and how it reflects the crossovers Marvel does in the comics.
  • 2:06 – Yellowjacket is the primary villain. Are there additional villains?
  • 2:40 – The challenges of taking over a project that was prepped by another director.
  • 2:55 – Reed discusses how everything Michael Douglas has been through impacts the character of Hank Pym.
  • 3:19 – What has Adam Mckay brought to the table in terms of the script and is he still working on it?
  • 3:59 – What’s the level of humor in the film?

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