Marvel Studios is certainly being aggressive in getting together their sequel to this summer’s hit superhero film Ant-Man. It has been less than two weeks since the studio announced that studio has announced that they plan to have the follow up Ant-Man And The Wasp in theaters on July 6, 2018. At the time it was assumed that Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily would both be returning, as it is their characters in the title.
Now the Hollywood Reporter is stating that Ant-Man director Peyton Reed is in talks with the studio to return to helm the sequel.
Reed famously, or to some fans infamously, stepped behind the cameras to take over the project after director Edgar Wright walked away over a creative disagreement with the studio after spending several years developing the film. Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish received co-credit on the final film’s screenplay, sharing the credit with Adam McKay and Rudd, who each took passes on the script after Wright’s departure. Wright and Cornish will very likely not be returning to write the follow up. It remains to be seen if McKay, Rudd or who else might gett he scripting job for the sequel.
Although some had doubts that the film would be a hit as the character had a lower profile than other Marvel comic book-superheroes-turned-cinema-stars like Captain America or Iron Man, Ant-Man earned $178 million domestically and $455 million at the world wide box office. This past weekend it opened in China to a healthy $43.2 million take.