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

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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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  • Jeremy Flores

    I feel for this guy. He’s in a no-win situation. Worst part is that his “nerd” and comedy cred are pretty legit. Still hopeful about this film given the talent involved and the heist element mixed in with the superpowers involved.

    • TigerFIST

      I feel for him too

    • The Hot Iron

      He’s probably thrilled he gets to direct something as big as this. I mean he hasn’t directed a movie since 2008 so obviously no one has been beating down his door to hire him

      • Jeremy Flores

        Well, I wouldn’t say no one was trying to hire him. I mean, directors are always trying to produce their own passion projects in Hollywood and 99% of their ideas don’t ever get made since lack of funding. He apparently been set to direct an adaptation of THE FIFTH BEATLE since 2014 began.

    • milo

      Expectations have been lowered. If the movie is weak, people know what happened and are probably more likely to blame Marvel and cut him some slack. But if the movie turns out great he’ll be a rock star.

      Not a great situation to walk into, but he gets to helm a Marvel movie and if he pulls it off, get to be the guy who saved a “troubled” film. Everything he said tells me he’s got this, honestly my biggest concern isn’t the director but the short schedule for production. But I’m still excited and optimistic that this could end up a solid Marvel flick.

  • Jeremy Flores

    I feel for this guy. He’s in a no-win situation. Worst part is that his “nerd” and comedy cred are pretty legit. Still hopeful about this film given the talent involved and the heist element mixed in with the superpowers involved.

  • TigerFIST

    EDGAR WRIGHT!

    • Dirk Agia

      Ruined this movie by attempting to seize control of it and screwing over Marvel’s plans regarding their collective universe. He is a talented person much like Ed Norton but neither is very collaborative. The only mistake that Marvel made was entrusting him with the project and allowing him to bastardize the long time characters…
      Look no further than what happens to Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp) and the inclusion of “Hope Van Dyne” who Marvel was forced to stick in to proceed forward.

      • TigerFIST

        Do you have even an idea of what you’re talking about? It’s clear that you don’t. The President of MARVEL stated for YEARS the only reason they were even considering the film was b/c of WRIGHTS vision. So with that being said how can you say he seized control. Also did you know he was attached since 2006. That was before IRONMAN 1 or even the start of the whole MCU. This happens all the time directors dropping out or changes to the script. I’m upset and will stand by Edgar b/c of the way it was done. The film is now two months behind per KEVIN FIEGE if you do your research and also if you wanted to change his script that’s fine but it’s completely SLOPPY to do it 2 weeks before filming starts. The script was finalized in 2007 genius, and Edgar Wright was done promoting his last film August of 2013. So they had 7 years to let him know what the deal was. Also AT THAT POINT MARVEL should’ve put their foot down. So they had 9 FREAKING MONTHS after WRIGHTS last film to make necessary changes or to let Wright know his script wouldn’t work. Though again they waited to the last minute. All i stated in this comment was news on this site collider as well. So again please know what you’re talking about before you approach TigerFIST. They could’ve done this a looooooooooooooong time ago and you can’t argue me for that. Thank you.

      • EdgarWho

        Not looking to get into this ridiculous conversation. But my two cents would like to point out that you’re way too in love with Edgar Wright. Edgar Wright is the individual that pulled out near the point of no return. Kevin Feige had mentioned that both parties were “being too nice”. Marvel is not to blame here.
        Also, if Edgar Wright wanted to realize this movie back in 2006, why the hell are we having to wait nearly a decade, while an entire cinematic universe has and is being flushed out and in fact altered to accommodate Wright’s project, who has since departed it at an inopportune time?
        Seems a bit selfish and discourteous on Edgar’s part as its been apparent that Marvel Studios has been creating a cinematic universe for a while. I don’t think Marvel ever thought Edgar would be this “difficult”.

      • TigerFIST

        You heard one comment (being too nice) and ran with it. Again you don’t know what you’re talking about and I will not waste my time explaining it to you. What I will say is: EDGAR WRIGHT!

      • Jack Dennis

        if the script that was finalized in 2007 it most likely didn’t involve anything that the MCU created since then. they probably needed it to be rewritten to accommodate said events and EW didn’t like it .shit happens

      • appolox

        I don’t think you know either.

      • Dirk Agia

        I don’t give a rat’s @$$ that you squirt like a school girl over Eddie! He ruined this movie and that specific franchise. I also think he is highly OVERRATED with only a decent Shaun of the Dead and fantastic Hot Fuzz worthy of mentioning.
        I have never seen someone vigorously defending a egomaniacal, dirtbag DIRECTOR of a movie before.

        PS- I do not know you and never “brought anything to you”. Moron…

      • BigJimSlade

        “Also, if Edgar Wright wanted to realize this movie back in 2006″

        1) I’m not sure Edgar Wright can just go out and make a Marvel movie by himself. It would go into production when Marvel is ready.

        2) In 2006 Edgar Wright was probably more focused on Hot Fuzz.

      • BigJimSlade

        “Also, if Edgar Wright wanted to realize this movie back in 2006″

        1) I’m not sure Edgar Wright can just go out and make a Marvel movie by himself. It would go into production when Marvel is ready.

        2) In 2006 Edgar Wright was probably more focused on Hot Fuzz.

      • vpuik

        It looked to me like they were pretty busy building a multi billion dollar franchise.

      • milo

        “it’s completely SLOPPY to do it 2 weeks before filming starts”

        Nope, it’s competely normal be tweaking scripts at that point, many if not most movies keep getting tweaked after shooting has started. It’s one thing for movies to start shooting before there’s even a full draft and results are usually bad (Pirates 3) but that’s vastly different than having a full script and making tweaks to it which seems to be the case here.

        “The script was finalized in 2007 genius”

        Bullshit. I’m sure they had a draft then but if they didn’t shoot that draft it wasn’t “finalized”. You obviously have no clue how the movie business works, scripts are always a work in progress and throwing around claims like “finalized” just makes you look like a fool.

        There was never an approved final draft, Wright has been working on it for years and all along they have been requesting specific changes. The problem was they assumed he would finally make them and he assumed they’d give in and let him ignore those notes. In the end he wasn’t willing to be a team player so he was out. They’re Marvel’s movies and they get final say, any writer/director who isn’t willing to do the job shouldn’t have agreed to it in the first place.

      • TigerFIST

        I know what I’m talking about.

      • milo

        Despite all evidence to the contrary.

      • TigerFIST

        if you say so…

      • TigerFIST

        I know what I’m talking about.

      • milo

        “it’s completely SLOPPY to do it 2 weeks before filming starts”

        Nope, it’s competely normal be tweaking scripts at that point, many if not most movies keep getting tweaked after shooting has started. It’s one thing for movies to start shooting before there’s even a full draft and results are usually bad (Pirates 3) but that’s vastly different than having a full script and making tweaks to it which seems to be the case here.

        “The script was finalized in 2007 genius”

        Bullshit. I’m sure they had a draft then but if they didn’t shoot that draft it wasn’t “finalized”. You obviously have no clue how the movie business works, scripts are always a work in progress and throwing around claims like “finalized” just makes you look like a fool.

        There was never an approved final draft, Wright has been working on it for years and all along they have been requesting specific changes. The problem was they assumed he would finally make them and he assumed they’d give in and let him ignore those notes. In the end he wasn’t willing to be a team player so he was out. They’re Marvel’s movies and they get final say, any writer/director who isn’t willing to do the job shouldn’t have agreed to it in the first place.

      • BigJimSlade

        Attempting to seize control? That’s what Marvel was doing, and that’s why Wright quit. He’s a director, not a supervisor for cookie-cutter productions.

        Just curious; how did he “bastardize” the characters? Enlighten us all, please…

      • BigJimSlade

        Attempting to seize control? That’s what Marvel was doing, and that’s why Wright quit. He’s a director, not a supervisor for cookie-cutter productions.

        Just curious; how did he “bastardize” the characters? Enlighten us all, please…

    • Zarles

      Dude, grow up.

      • TigerFIST

        Grow Up? All I did was type of name standing up for a director I believe in.

      • Zarles

        And a director that isn’t directing this movie. Period. Get the fuck over it.

      • TigerFIST

        You should just ignore my posts from now on. Edgar Wright!

      • Zarles

        I shouldn’t ignore your posts from now on? Okay, I won’t. Edgar Wright is not directing this movie. He quit for reasons that you don’t have the full story behind. He’s currently attached to two new movies, though. Neither of which are ‘Ant Man’. Got that? Edgar Wright is not directing Ant Man. Period. Maybe you should go read up on those other two movies he plans on doing (neither of which are Ant Man) and quit squawking like a broken record.

        Build a bridge. Get over it. Thanks.

      • TigerFIST

        Edgar Wright!

      • Mike

        You’re annoying

      • Zarles

        You should try yelling ‘Puberty!’ over and over again. Maybe it will start happening. Unlike Edgar Wright’s future involvement in Ant Man.

      • Luciano Jose Marin

        Edgar Allan Poe!

      • appolox

        If you love Edgar so much then go comment on articles concerning his upcoming films like Baby Driver and Grasshopper Jungle. Ant-Man isn’t his project anymore so there’s no point in you sticking around at all these articles being an immature troll and pissing people off.

  • TigerFIST

    EDGAR WRIGHT!

  • Dirk Agia

    I think that the movie will surprise a lot of people by not being as bad as people think right now!

    • BigJimSlade

      I’ll be surprised if it lasts more than two weeks in the theaters.

      This has clusterf#ck written all over it.

      • milo

        We’ll file this along with all the posts insisting that Guardians will be a giant flop.

        Good luck with that.

  • Drake

    I really wish Peyton Reed the best. He seems like a really nice guy! Hope he knocks it out of the park and makes a really fun movie. Fun entertainment, that’s all I ask.

    • Jack Dennis

      if anthony and joe russo can go from making you me and dupree to cap 2 then i have complete faith peyton reed can do the same.

      • salfie

        Excellent point. Let’s wait until we see some footage to comment.

      • Pk

        This. Peyton may have not made any good movies but this movie might define him. The fact that he has been approached by marvel before means he has good idea what comic book movie is supposed to be like and might have some great creative and innovative ideas. It also depends on how good the screenplay is

      • MMorse

        Nicely put, though I’d argue that Down with Love is a very good movie. If Reed brings half the wit, charm and aesthetic sense to Ant-Man that he brought to Down with Love we’re in for a really good time at the movies.

      • Viktor Gig

        Everyone forgets about Welcome To Collingwood.

      • Jack Dennis

        haha forgot that one.nice!still both not good.

      • Jack Dennis

        haha forgot that one.nice!still both not good.

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  • Strong Enough

    Frosty you should have punched him in his face

  • PresidentObama

    If you know your shXX, that mask (and whole suit!) design is a total ripp-off of Masked Rider (a.k.a. Japan’s Masked Rider) Surely they could have come up with something a lot more ORIGINAL, like the first design. Edgar Wright, PLEEAAAASE come back ! ! !

  • appolox

    And once again another Ant-Man article becomes a long page of TigerFist being an unreasonable jerk.

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  • Dirk Agia

    Edgar Wright didn’t care for Marvel’s need to include Ant-Man into their “universe” and thought he “knew better”. I think Marvel should sue him if possible…

    • BigJimSlade

      LOL. Sue a man for “not caring”? Okay… Have fun finding a lawyer for that beauty of a case.

    • Dylan Huber

      Following that logic, then someone should sue you for not shutting the fuck up.

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