Ant-Man – the Marvel film that seemed to repel any possible directors for the last few weeks — finally has a director. We can all stop reading Twitter rumors (Tumors? No, that doesn’t work) about the coming-and-going of directors. In case you’ve been neglecting the Internet for the last two weeks: Edgar Wright, who worked on the screenplay and was instrumental in getting the film green-lit in the first place, dropped out after “creative differences” wedged a schism between the geek-God auteur and Marvel producers. Next, Adam McKay, the funny man behind Anchorman and Step Brothers and progenitor of the 21st century bromance, was brought in for talks, but he quickly rebuffed any offers, saying he was too busy.
Now we meet our guy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peyton Reed will direct Ant-Man, which is a considerable step down from McKay, and several steep steps down from Wright. Reed’s resume includes the underrated cheerleading comedy Bring It On (spirit fingers!) and the appropriately dismissed The Break-Up and Yes Man. Why Marvel thinks Reed even vaguely resembles the right director to helm a big-budget superhero movie is beyond the sharpest minds, but the film will definitely earn a killing at the box office like all Marvels do, so it probably doesn’t matter if Ant-Man is amazing or awful — as long as it brings home the bacon.
Marvel also released the first official synopsis of the film:
When Marvel’s Ant-Man hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film’s script.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (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.
There will surely be many more posts about Ant-Man, so stay tuned. Same Ant time, same Ant channel.