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ANT-MAN Director Carousel Now Lands On Peyton Reed and David Wain

Posted on 06 June 2014 by William Gatevackes


Have you started to smell the stink of desperation from Marvel yet? I haven’t, but I feel that it is not long coming.

We have two new names in the directorial pool to replace Edgar Wright on Marvel’s Ant-Man–Peyton Reed and David Wain.

The Wrap is the site that throws Reed’s name into the mix, saying he is the top contender. You might remember that Reed, fresh off the inventive Down With Love, had a cup of coffee as the director of the 2005 version of Fantastic Four, before Marvel eventually went with Tim Story. Reed went on to direct hits such as 2006’s The Break-Up and 2008’s Yes Man. That film was Reed’s last theatrical directing job, although he has another graphic novel adaptation, The Fifth Beatle, in pre-production.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog also lists Reed as a contender, but adds David Wain’s name into contention. Wain is perhaps best known in some circles as a member of the legendary, if underrated, comedy troupe, The State. He has acted, written and directed a number of TV shows and features staring his State cast mates. One can’t help but think that Paul Rudd might have suggested Wain for the job, as the actor has worked with the director around 14 times, starting with 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer right up to this June’s They Came Together.

One thinks that eventually Marvel will find someone to pick up this accursed project. I’ll do it for them, for a lifetime supply of Marvel Comics. Call me, Marvel.

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ANT-MAN Director Follies: Nicholas Stoller Not In Contention

Posted on 05 June 2014 by Rich Drees


Last evening, when reporting on how Marvel Studio is going to be going “radio silent” in their quest to find a new director for their Ant-Man film nearly two weeks now after Edgar Wright left the project, I commented that the situation was very fluid and could change at any moment. Well, this morning we are waking to new news on the search.

Collider is reporting “on very good authority” that reports that Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller is under consideration to take the Ant-Man directing gig are not true. This contradicts yesterday’s report from Deadline that he was. Collider states that it can neither corroborate or refute the reportage that Michael Dowse is also being looked at by Marvel.

Who knows what the next twelve hours will bring?

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The First Time Josh Trank Made A STAR WARS Film

Posted on 05 June 2014 by Rich Drees

JoshTrankYesterday it was announced that Josh Trank was heading to the Star Wars universe to direct one of the franchise’s as-yet-untitled spinoff films. It turns out that this is not the director’s first trip.

Back in 2007, Trank made a short fan film titled A Stabbing At Leia’s. And by short, we mean barely a minute and a half long. Rumor has it that this is the short that helped to sell Fox on the idea of giving Trank and writer ax Landis the go-ahead to do their film Chronicle, but I haven’t been able to verify that, so take that story with a grain of salt.

What I can say is that the film does seem awfully derivative of Troops, the 1997 Star Wars fan film from Kevin Rubio that pretty much kicked off the fan film movement. Granted Rubio’s film was an outright parody of the long-running Cops TV show and played for laughs where this one is not.

Final note – There is some NSFW language in here, so if necessary, put some headphones on.

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Marvel Going Into Radio Silence Over ANT-MAN Director Search

Posted on 04 June 2014 by Rich Drees


With Marvel seemingly having burned through its top three choices to replace departing director Edgar Wright on their troubled Ant-Man film, the studio is now expanding its search for a director willing to step in and helm the project. But news of whom the studio may be talking might become a bit scarce. According to Deadline

As for Ant-Man, Marvel has gone radio silent after heated press reports that Adam McKay would direct and then equally heated reports a day later that he wasn’t going to do it after all. Right now, the favorite is Dodgeball and We’re The Millers helmer Rawson Thurber, but names like Nicholas Stoller and Michael Dowse also are making the rounds.

Interestingly, Thurber’s name seems to be back in the mix, at least according to this report just posted this afternoon, after reports last night stated that he was also out of the running. We should also note that Marvel is continuing to search amongst directors who have specialized in comedies. Stoller is of course known for Get Him To The Greek (2010) and the recently released Neighbors while Dowse is the director of Take Me Home Tonight and Goon (both 2011).

Obviously, things are moving pretty quickly and by the time I finish typing this, things could have changed. We’ll keep you up to date with the developments, but hopefully Marvel will be able to settle on a director soon. And they need to as the film will need to start shooting fairly quickly in order to make its scheduled July 17, 2015 release date.

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Josh Trank Set To Ruin A Stand Alone STAR WARS Film

Posted on 04 June 2014 by William Gatevackes

Josh-TrankJosh Trank is going from working on a Marvel Comics property at another studio, to the studio that owns Marvel Comics.

Disney announced today that they have hired the director to helm one of their stand alone, Star Wars spinoff films. No word on which characters Trank will be working with or when the film will be released.

Star Wars fans should be slightly concerned over the hiring. Trank is currently shooting his reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise, a reboot rife with selfish casting decisions and potentially damning changes to the mythos. One would assume that Trank will not have as free a hand to mess up the Star Wars franchise, but there’s always a chance that might happen.

It seems that the earliest Trank’s Star Wars film will hit theaters will be in 2017 or 2018, which means that his involvement in the presumptuously scheduled 2017 Fantastic Four sequel has been put in doubt. Of course, there might not be a sequel for him to be involved in, but still.

Via Collider.

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Marvel Burns Through ANT-MAN Director Shortlist

Posted on 04 June 2014 by Rich Drees


Marvel may have found the director that they want for their upcoming Dr. Strange movie, but they are still having problems getting a director locked down for their previously announced Ant-Man film.

The studio has been scrambling to find a replacement ever since Edgar Wright, who had spent eight years developing the project for the studio, walked off nearly two weeks ago. The studio reportedly had three possible replacements in mind – Adam McKay, Reuben Fleischer and Marshall Thurber. Well, McKay removed himself rather quickly from preliminary talks over the weekend and Fleischer has reportedly declined an offer in favor of potentially working on other projects.

And now it appears as if Marvel has moved beyond Thurber as well. Last night, Jeff Sneider tweeted out the following –

Aint It Cool’s Jeremy Smith jumped in with some clarification –

So while the circumstances appear to be cloudy as to exactly why Thurber is now out of consideration for the job, one thing is certain. Marvel now has to come up with a new list of potential directors for the troubled project. One the key requirements now appears to be the ability to step in and pretty much be a director for hire, willing to work with what is being handed to them and perhaps forgo imprinting much of their own personal style on the material. Marvel has a script that they are happy with, even if its co-writer Wright wasn’t, and a cast ready to go. Presumably shooting dates have been scheduled, given that the film has a July 17, 2015 release date.

Unfortunately, such a mandate is making it harder to get enthused for the film. Where once we had the prospect of Wright bringing his own unique vision to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, we are now faced with the prospect of something churned out by someone who will be managing the assembly line for the studio. Marvel will need to come up with a surprising and dynamic choice in order to restore the rapidly eroding confidence many fans such as myself now have.

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Movement On DOCTOR STRANGE–Derrickson As Director, Leto Possibly As Lead

Posted on 03 June 2014 by William Gatevackes


Well, I guess this solves the mystery as to what another of Marvel’s mystery Phase Three films will be.

Variety is reporting that The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister director Scott Derrickson is in has been hired to helm the long-rumored Doctor Strange film. The director confirmed the hiring via a Tweet.

Derrickson has a reputation as a low-cost, big return talent. The Exorcism of Emily Rose made seven times its budget back worldwide, and the $3 million dollar budgeted Sinister made over $77 million, worldwide. Even his remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, which failed to make its budget back domestically, made over $233 million world wide. Surely this played a role in Marvel’s decision.

jared-letoBadass Digest’s Devin Faraci adds that Derrickson will also take a pass at the script, as he is wont to do on films he directs. Faraci also states that newly-minted Oscar winner Jared Leto is the latest name on Marvel’s wish list to play the good doctor, a move he doesn’t act kindly to.

I am not familiar with Derrickson work, but he seems to be a fan. And Leto is riding high on a lot of buzz right now, and even if he rubs you the wrong way, he’s an actor that takes every role he’s cast in seriously.

So far we know that Ant-Man is set for a July 31, 2015 release, with Captain America 3 following on May 6, 2016. As of now Marvel have July 8, 2016 and May 5, 2017 staked out for as yet unannounced films and conceivably Dr. Strange could slide into one of these berths easily. Judging by how their previous two phases have unfolded, I would guess that 2017 will see one more film and early 2018 will give us the third Avengers film. With Dr. Strange now slated for one of those three spots, speculation will begin as to what characters will take the other two spots, as they will probably be needed to help set elements involving intergalactic villain Thanos for his expected appearance in Avengers 3. Will it be sequels to Thor and Guardians Of The Galaxy, or new characters such as The Inhumans or Black Panther? I believe we’ll find out a lot in several weeks at San Diego Comic Con.


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Adam McKay Tweets About Declining ANT-MAN Directing Job

Posted on 01 June 2014 by Rich Drees


Almost as quickly as we was into talks with Marvel Studios to direct Ant-Man, Adam McKay was out of the talks, reportedly declining to take over the project from departing director Edgar Wright within 24 hours after receiving an offer from the studio.

Lots of speculation followed as to why McKay withdrew from talks so quickly. Well, the director has taken to twitter to give his reason for passing on the film.

A quick glance at McKay’s IMDB page shows that he has a number of projects in development and and it sounds as if one is ready to pop and go into production. It will be interesting to see which one it is.

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Adam McKay In And Then Out Of ANT-MAN Negotiations

Posted on 31 May 2014 by Rich Drees


Well, that was quick.

No sooner than reports started to circulate that Anchorman director Adam McKay was in talks to direct Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man, than comes word that he has withdrawn from negotiations for the film.

McKay was one of three directors rumored to be on Marvel’s shortlist of potential replacements for Edgar Wright, who departed the project last weekend. Word started to circulate late yesterday that McKay had received an offer from the studio to take over the project. The Hollywood Reporter this morning confirmed that “[n]egotiations began with McKay in earnest on Friday” but added that “the Anchorman director abruptly decided against taking the job on the film.”

We’re The Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber and Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer were also on Marvel’s reported shortlist, and presumably the studio will be moving on to talks with one of them.

While the real disappointment about Ant-Man is Marvel having lost Wright’s singular vision for the film, which he spent eight years developing with the studio. I suppose that McKay would have been a serviceable replacement, especially given him having previously worked with Ant-Man star Paul Rudd. Additionally, McKay has been known to shape his films in the editing room more so than most directors, a technique Marvel reportedly uses as well.

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Thurber, Fleischer, McKay In Running To Direct ANT-MAN

Posted on 30 May 2014 by William Gatevackes

Thurber Fleischer McKayWhoever takes over the reins from Edgar Wright on the Ant-Man film will have not only big shoes to film, but also have to have the fortitude to endure a constant Internet lambasting. It’s fitting then that, according to The Wrap, Marvel is looking at three veteran directors to step in and take over. Who are they? Let me tell you, from left to right above:

  • Rawson Marshall Thurber: The Wrap says that Thurber is the front runner for the job. He is best known for the comedies Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and last year’s surprise hit We’re the Millers.
  • Ruben Fleischer: Best known for the inventive Zombieland, he is coming off the flops 30 Minutes or Less and The Gangster Squad.
  • Adam McKay: Certainly the most experienced of the group, with the most films on his resume. He is known for his improvisational style of directing and his frequent partnering with Will Ferrell. He has worked with Paul Rudd on both Anchorman films. He’s the less likely of the three to get the job because A) he has always directed stuff he himself wrote and B) while his improvisational style might work on the film that will be making up its script as it goes along, I doubt Marvel is going to let anyone have that kind of freedom.

Having three men known primarily for comedies in contention for the directorship lends us to believe that Marvel intends Ant-Man to be a comedy.  This flies in the face of a popular line of gossip that Marvel was upset and concern about Guardians of the Galaxy‘s humorous tone, and that played into the decision to part ways with Edgar Wright. Of course, the Russo Brothers were primarily known for sitcoms, and they delivered a fairly fine action film in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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