What a road Ant-Man has had in getting to the big screen, and we’re still around 9 months away from the film’s U.S. release.
Edgar Wright’s high-profile split from the project left Marvel scrambling to find the next filmmaker, determined not to change their planned release date. Before Peyton Reed, director of Bring It On, The Break-Up and Yes Man, was placed at the helm, Anchorman director Adam McKay was in negotiations to direct. McKay eventually declined, but stayed on board to help rewrite Wright’s screenplay.
In an interview with Collider, McKay talked about how he became attached to the project in the first place and revealed what sort of changes he brought to Wright’s screenplay.
McKay revealed that Paul Rudd, who had worked with him on both Anchorman films, called him when Wright stepped away and asked him to be a part of the film. McKay said he was “a little dubious” going in, due to his friendship with Wright, but was sold when he saw the material that was available.
“Ultimately I didn’t want to jump in as a director, I had too many other projects going and it was too tight, but I thought, ‘You know what, I can rewrite this, and I can do a lot of good by rewriting it,’ ” McKay said.
McKay said that he and Rudd spent six to eight weeks rewriting Wright’s screenplay, making it “bigger”, “cleaner”, and “more aggressive”.
“We added some new action beats,” McKay revealed. “I grew up on Marvel Comics so the geek in me was in heaven that I got to add a giant action sequence to the movie; I was so excited. So we did, we added some cool new action.”
No one here’s going to complain about the addition of new action; we’re, like all of you out there, just hopeful that McKay’s love for the source material shows. Ultimately though, it’ll be Peyton Reed who holds the biggest key. We’ll find out whether or not it all works out when Marvel’s Ant-Man hits U.S. cinemas 17 July, 2015.