On October 9 2014 I visited my first Marvel set. The film was Ant-Man, Marvel Studios’ latest gamble and the final film in Phase Two of the company’s influential and uber-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. I mention it was my first Marvel set visit because, like me, Ant-Man represents many firsts for Marvel. It’s the first time they’ve hired a director, Peyton Reed, just weeks before shooting. It’s the first time their central hero, Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd), has a family. It’s the first time we’ll see a man shrink down to ride on ant. Those are just the tip of the iceberg.
Below, read 65 things we learned over two days — days 37 and 38 of the 74-day shoot — on the Atlanta set of Ant-Man. There’s also info from a day spent at ILM on June 15, 2015. Read More »
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When a movie goes through as much public turmoil as Marvel’s Ant-Man, it’s always mysterious how the credits are going to end up. Originally, when Edgar Wright was going to direct, the screenplay was by Wright and Joe Cornish. But when Wright left and Peyton Reed came on to direct, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd – also the film’s star – took over scripting duties.
Now, with the film a mere few months from release, all that legal stuff has been handled and all four men are going to get credit. Read the full Ant-Man writing credits below. Read More »
For a few moments last year, Adam McKay almost directed Ant-Man. At least, that’s how the situation seemed to be developing. After Edgar Wright left the project, star Paul Rudd called his friend McKay to work on the film. The pair worked together on the script and McKay was considered to helm the project, too. Ultimately, that didn’t happen, and Peyton Reed came on board.
According to a new rumor though, McKay must have left a big impression on Marvel. Rumor has it he’s now in line to direct a new Marvel movie, something he’s been vocal about wanting. Which movie? We don’t know know yet but you know we’ll speculate below. Read More »
Let’s just put all the good-looking, well-established movie star types in one movie. Maybe that’s the secret to success for a financial downturn movie. Adam McKay is writing and directing The Big Short, based on the book written by Michael Lewis of Moneyball fame. The book is the story of “the build-up of the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s,” so it may be quite a departure from McKay’s typical comedies. Brad Pitt‘s company Plan B is producing, and now Pitt is in line to star, along with Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Back in the hectic days of summer, Adam McKay was named as one of many possibilities to replace director Edgar Wright on Ant-Man. Ultimately, McKay didn’t wind up taking that gig — Peyton Reed did — but he did stick around to help with rewrites. And now it seems McKay is angling for the chance to direct a Marvel movie of his own.
In a new interview, McKay hinted he may have a new job with Marvel in the works. Though this being Marvel, he was naturally pretty light on specifics. In any case, hit the jump for the Adam McKay Marvel quote.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
So many sequels, so little time. So let’s get to it. After the jump:
- Channing Tatum isn’t so sure about 23 Jump Street
- Magic Mike XXL could be in 3D (but probably won’t be)
- Adam McKay is still planning to make Step Brothers 2
- Producer Malek Akkad has a Halloween 3 update
- Rumor has it Frank Grillo will lead Skyline 2
- Jason Reitman offers a suggestion for Ghostbusters 3
- See the Lorde-curated soundtrack list for Mockingjay
- Billy Boyd will sing the final Hobbit credit song
- Check out the new banner for Horrible Bosses 2
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When Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man, the amount of speculation and discussion was crazy. Eventually, Peyton Reed was hired as the director after a rewrite by none other than Adam McKay. McKay, a big comic book fan, is best known for crazy comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers, so him coming on to the film was a pretty big leap. How did that happen? Well, now we have a few more details.
Once Wright left, the film’s star – Paul Rudd – called McKay and asked him to do a rewrite. He agreed and Rudd himself helped him with the writing. Yes, for the first time (in a while) we have a Marvel Studios movie co-written by the star himself. Read more from McKay about the Ant Man script below. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we remember what it was like to be 11, enjoy the pop hit “True” in a completely unironic way, create good TV, leave this earth behind, and understand our economy before falling asleep.
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Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Some very funny people are about to join forces. Adam McKay is set to direct an untitled comedy written by Ben Schwartz for Will Ferrell‘s Gary Sanchez Productions, with Seth Rogen attached to star. Schwartz will also co-star. In addition to starring, Rogen will produce alongside his usual partner Evan Goldberg. Hit the jump for more details on the new Adam McKay Seth Rogen comedy. Read More »