Marvel has found their Ant-Man director and that man is Peyton Reed. In addition, writer/director Adam McKay, who admitted he met for the directing gig last weekend, has joined the production to contribute to the film’s script.
The Ant-Man saga began a couple weeks ago on May 23 when writer/director Edgar Wright abruptly left the project after working on it on and off for eight years. The reason for the split was due to creative differences, as they usually are in these instances.
Wright’s departure began a frantic search by Marvel to find a replacement considering the film was nearing production and the release date was a little over a year off. One of the first names to arise was Adam McKay, but he quickly took to social media and publicly stated that his schedule was too hectic to take on the film.
Reed joins the production with a comedic pedigree including Bring it On, The Break Up, Yes Man and three episodes of Fox’s New Girl sitcom. He was once in the running for Fox’s Fantastic Four before Tim Story ultimately took the reigns, and is a self-professed comic book fan.
Ant-Man is due to arrive in theaters on July 17, 2015. Paul Rudd will star as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas will play his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym.
Here is the new official synopsis for Marvel’s Ant-Man:
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.