Peyton Reed Is Your New ANT-MAN Director

Peyton ReedHis name was rumored to be in the running starting only yesterday, but apparently Peyton Reed wasn’t going to let another Marvel film slip through his fingers.

Entertainment Weekly is saying that Reed has signed on to direct the problematic Ant-Man, and that Marvel has brought on former directorial candidate Adam McKay to rewrite the script. Yes, the man whose best lines as a writer have come from the improvisations of his actors is reworking Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s script. Oh, joy!

While numerous news reports state that Reeds last two films made over $200 million at the box office, that was six and eight years ago and $200 million is often the budget for a Marvel. But the one thing we can say for absolute certainty is that considering both men’s resumes are almost exclusively made up of comedies, Ant-Man will be Marvel’s first full fledged comedy.

Since production was supposed to begin on June 2, even if McKay delivers a script on Monday, the production will be at least a week behind.  However that seems unlikely and odds are that McKay will not be writing the film on the fly as production goes on (which seems almost more labor and time  intensive than if he directed the film himself). This means either the July 17, 2015 release date will be bumped back, corners will be cut in post production, or the filming would be rushed. None of this lends itself to a quality film.

Welcome to Marvel, Peyton. I hope you survive the experience.

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FilmEksis
June 7, 2014 8:56 pm

Peyton Reed Is Your New ANT-MAN Director http://t.co/2vRwJ23jUK

William Gatevackes
June 7, 2014 10:03 pm

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Rich Drees
June 8, 2014 8:30 am

Sure Reed has directed BRING IT ON, but he also did the underrated gem DOWN WITH LOVE, so even though we’re in different genres, I am cautiously optimistic. Remember that the best thing on the Russo Borthers’ resume was episodes of COMMUNITY, and I think WINTER SOLDIER came out pretty good.