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.

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.]

Rawson Marshall Thurber to Direct CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE; Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant to Write Screenplay

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We’re the Millers was a sleeper hit this past summer, and I’m surprised there hasn’t publicly been any movement on a sequel.  In any event, the film’s director, Rawson Marshall Thurber, is lining up a new project by signing on to helm Choose Your Own AdventureWe first reported on the adaptation of the book series last year with 20th Century Fox and producer John Davis hoping to turn Choose Your Own Adventure into a “cross-platform four-quadrant action adventure franchise.”  That’s clearly not going to be in the R-rated territory of Millers, but the director handled PG-13 comedy incredibly well with 2004′s Dodgeball, a film that still holds up ten years later.

Unfortunately, THR also reports that screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will be handling the script.  What’s frustrating about the duo is they know how to be funny.  Reno 911! and The State are proof.  But Lennon and Garant really pander to the lowest common denominator in their scripts for the Night at the Museum franchise as well as The Pacifier.  Then again, they also wrote the book How to Make Movies for Fun and Profit, which could also be titled Yeah, We Know Those Movies Suck, but They’re Financially Successful, so There.  It’s actually a pretty good book.

WE’RE THE MILLERS Blu-ray Review

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You never know what comedies are going to break through.  Where studios now mostly rely on brand names and franchises to have hits, comedies — though usually stacked with name players – are that much trickier, even if they’re hilarious.  We’re the Millers was one of this summer’s biggest surprise hits, and after watching both the theatrical and extended cut, it’s easy to see why.  The film, which stars Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, is consistently funny.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

TOP 5: New Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, ELYSIUM Interviews, New DOCTOR WHO, PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, WE’RE THE MILLERS

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Last night I had the chance to check out We’re the Millers with a group of friends and while I wouldn’t classify it as a “Must See!”, it’s a plenty serviceable R-rated comedy. As you can probably tell from the trailers, English actor Will Poulter delivers some of the biggest laughs and, for my money, it’s hard to go wrong with Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn in most anything. Aside from its tendency to settle for just being “OK”, my only real gripe would be that the film’s premise exceeds its execution. On paper, it has the potential to be a hilarious, yet incisive, play on the nuclear family. On screen, it turns the convention on its head before ultimately forcing its characters to conform to many of its tenets.

Although I’m sure you can never get enough of my one paragraph film reactions, we must move on to this week’s Top 5. Included this week is the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World, Elysium interviews with Neill Blomkamp and more, the new Doctor Who, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters interviews, and a slew of We’re the Millers interviews with the cast and director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Per routine, a brief recap and link to each of the above kindly requests your attention after the jump.

Director Rawson Marshall Thurber Talks WE’RE THE MILLERS, Test Screenings, Unrated Cuts, What Happened with the MAGNUM P.I. Movie, and More

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Opening this week is director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) R-rated comedy We’re the Millers.  The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms).  In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family comprised of his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts).  The supporting cast also includes the hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.  For more on the film, watch seven clips or read Matt’s review.

At the New York City press day, I landed an extended video interview with Marshall Thurber.  He talked about balancing the gross, raunchy material with a lot of heart, the casting process, what he learned from working for screenwriter John August, whether there will be an extended cut on Blu-ray, deleted scenes, the test screening process, future projects, what happened with the Magnum P.I. movie, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Kathryn Hahn, and Director Rawson Marshall Thurber Talk WE’RE THE MILLERS

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Opening this week is director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) R-rated comedy We’re the Millers.  The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms).  In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family comprised of his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts).  The supporting cast also includes the hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.  For more on the film, watch seven clips or read Matt’s review.

Last week, I attended a fun press conference with Sudeikis, Aniston, Roberts, Poulter, Hahn, and Marshall Thurber in New York City.  They talked about making the film, how Aniston got in shape for the role, improv, their favorite scenes, the hardest scene to film without laughing and who broke the most on set, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say.

WE’RE THE MILLERS Review

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The quaint idea of the nuclear family is one that’s been skewered a thousand different ways.  It’s a portrait of American domesticity that never really existed except on television in the 1950s.  We’re the Millers tries to knock the nuclear family ideal and yet feels strangely beholden to it.  Filled with hilarious, mean-spirited comedy, Rawson Marshall Thurber‘s movie swings between a cold, dead heart completely immune from sentimentality and then over to a mushy center where characters inadvertently bond and learn important life lessons.  The space in between is filled with plenty of great jokes that you’ll struggle to remember mere moments after leaving the theater.

7 Clips from WE’RE THE MILLERS Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, and Will Poulter

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Warner Bros. has provided us with seven clips from director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) upcoming comedy We’re the Millers.  The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms).  In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family from his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts).  The supporting cast also includes the reliably hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn, and promises plenty of R-rated escapades from the titular Miller family.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Molly Quinn, Tomer Sisley, and Luis GuzmanWe’re the Millers opens on August 7th.

Over 40 New High-Resolution Images from WE’RE THE MILLERS Starring Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, and Nick Offerman

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Warner Bros. has released a very large batch of new high-resolution images from director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) upcoming comedy We’re the Millers.  The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms).  In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family from his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts).  These new images tease many of the hijinks that ensue, including what looks to be a substantial appearance by the great Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Molly Quinn, Tomer Sisley, and Luis GuzmanWe’re the Millers opens on August 7th.

DODGEBALL Director Rawson Marshall Thurber to Direct Stoner Comedy WE’RE THE MILLERS

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber is in talks to step into the director’s chair for New Line’s pot-centric comedy We’re the Millers, which has been kicking around in development since 2002.  THR reports that the project centers on a drug dealer who decides on his 30th birthday that he wants out of the game.  But before he’s done for good, he decides to pull one final job, which involves him traveling to Mexico to invent a fake family in order to smuggle 1,400 pounds of marijuana back into the U.S.

We reported last year that Hot Tub Time Machine writers John Morris and Sean Anders would be co-directing the film, but that is obviously no longer the case.  Will Arnett and Steve Buscemi had both been attached at different points to star in the project, and filmmaker Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) was previously in talks to direct before Morris and Anders.  As a huge fan of Dodgeball, I’m hoping that Thurber can light up what could potentially become the next stoner classic.  Hopefully the project will finally get off the ground after years of struggling to get into production.

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