Will Pixar’s Lamp Jump on ANT-MAN?

     September 8, 2009


When Marvel got bought by Disney the other week there was a lot of excitement about the possibilities of Pixar making a film based off of one of the Marvel properties. Even though Edgar Wright and writer Joe Cornish have been attached to an “Ant-Man” adaptation for awhile now it seems that Pixar might be taking over now.  In the middle of all of the Disney/Marvel a quote from EW saying that Pixar is “said to already be eyeballing an Ant-Man movie.” popped out.  So what does a Pixar “Ant-Man” movie mean for Edgar Wright’s film?  You can find out after the jump.

I take this news with a grain of salt.  I just find it odd that “Ant-Man” would go to Pixar so soon and easily after Wright has been talking the film up for awhile now and supposedly even going forward with a rewrite.  He has even described his take on the character by saying that: “It’s going to be less overtly comedic than anything else I’ve ever done. It’s more of a full-on action adventure sci-fi film but with a comedic element – in the same spirit of a lot of escapist fare like that. It’s certainly not a superhero spoof or pastiche and it certainly isn’t a sort of Honey I Shrunk The Kids endeavour at all.”

Wright’s “Ant-Man” is one of those movies that just sounded too good to be true to me.  I will admit that I don’t really know too much about “Ant-Man” but even the little bit I do know about him from reading Mark Millars “The Ultimates” is enough to make my imagination run wild when I picturant-man_whos_your_daddy_01.jpge Wright’s film.  I have huge faith in Wright and I look forward to everything that he will do in the future but out of the couple of films that he has coming up it was always “Ant-Man” that interested me the most.

Now this is only what I think of Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man”.  I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around Pixar’s “Ant-Man” and how that would turn out.  I just know one thing – it would probably be pretty damn amazing.  I also know one other thing – it will definitely not be the kind of film that Wright would do if given the chance.  Just by knowing Wright’s past work it’s hard to imagine him making a G rated family film. I also don’t see Pixar using Wright’s and Cornish’s screenplay.

I previously said that I take this news with a grain of salt but it seems that it could be true after all if you think about it.  If you guys remember, Wright recently announced that he would most likely be directing his take on the crime genre, “Baby Driver”, next.  He has also talked about finishing his trilogy of films with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with “At World’s End”  for awhile now too.  This mean that “Ant-Man” is definitely a couple of years away still for the director.

If this wasn’t enough for us to already doubt that Wright’s film will ever see the light of day, The Playlist & Bleeding Cool [based off a report from Entertainment Weekly] do a good job of reminding us that Marvel’s Kevin Feige neglected to mention “Ant-Man” in the company’s upcoming plans.  He also ruled out any plans for an “Ant-Man” appearance in the upcoming “The Avengers”.  I’m going to guess that this news means that “Ant-Man” might be up for grabs after all.

So, what would you guys prefer to see? Pixar or Edgar Wright’s vision? I personally choose Wright’s film just because I feel that I have already seen what Pixar can do with superheros thanks to “The Incredibles” and the mystery of what Wright could bring to the table excites me more.  One thing is for sure though, “Ant-Man” seems to be in some very,very,very good hands at the moment and I bet which ever film we do end up seeing in a couple of years will be great.

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