Marvel Confirms Ant-Man Director

Ant Man

It’s E3 week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of movie news to talk about.

Marvel has officially confirmed that director Peyton Reed will helm Ant-Man, taking over from original director Edgar Wright after he abruptly departed the project last month. This ends weeks of speculation about who will take the job. Along with announcing that Peyton Reed will direct, Marvel has also revealed that Anchorman director Adam McKay is doing a re-write of the film’s script, which was penned by Wright and Attack the Block director Joe Cornish. McKay had previously been one of the people rumoured to be directing, but he apparently passed on the job.

Peyton Reed might seem like an unusual choice given his previous films. He directed the 2008 Jim Carrey comedy Yes Man, the cheerleading movie Bring It On, and most surprisingly, the 2006 romcom The Break-Up. Keep in mind that Marvel has hired unusual filmmakers in the past, but have had a pretty good track record with the end results.

Ant-Man will begin shooting very soon, and they’ll need to work quickly to make the planned release date of July 17, 2015.

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.