Marvel have officially announced that Peyton Reed has been chosen to helm their Ant-Man film. It was also announced that Adam McKay is to contribute to the film’s screenplay. This news comes after weeks of rumours about who was to replace Edgar Wright, who stepped down due to rumoured creative differences.
Peyton Reed is known for his work directing comedies, including Bring It On, Down With Love, The Break-Up and Yes Man. Adam McKay, known for helming Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers, The Other Guys and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, was in talks with Marvel to direct, but turned down the offer. It isn’t known how much of an input he has had in the film’s screenplay, which was originally written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, but it’s obviously enough to have him announced in Marvel’s latest press release.
Ant-Man’s official plot synopsis was also revealed. It reads:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Reed and McKay’s involvement further suggestions that Marvel’s Ant-Man will be more comedic fare than their usual outings, as does Paul Rudd’s casting.
Ant-Man, also starring Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Michael Peña and Corey Stoll, will hit U.S. theaters July 17, 2015.