A week has passed since the upsetting bombshell news that Edgar Wright had left Marvel’s Ant-Man. In that time, speculation and fact have blurred as fans tried to figure out how one of the most successful companies in Hollywood could suddenly go in a different direction from the talented, exciting director who had been working on the film for years.
Eventually, the discussion turned to Wright’s replacement. Though rumors and speculation have also been flying all week, it seems three men are at the top of Marvel’s list. They are Rawson Thurber, Adam McKay and Ruben Fleischer. Read more about the potential Ant Man directors below.
Update: The Wrap claims that Rawson Thurber is now the first choice to direct Ant-Man. The site has no confirmation, and Marvel isn’t commenting, so we’ll have to wait for more official info.
Update 2, June 3: Days after the drama that saw Adam McKay go into talks and then abruptly back out, there’s a report that Rawson Thurber has also passed on the movie. So out of the original shortlist of three replacement directors for Edgar Wright is down to one, Ruben Fleischer, and Ant-Man has become the movie no one seems to want to touch.
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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: On Friday, we heard about the people who might direct Ant-Man in the wake of Edgar Wright‘s departure. A list of three potential directors was circulated, featuring Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) and Rawson Thurber (We’re the Millers). Last night is was revealed that Adam McKay was officially in talks to direct Ant-Man.
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You can almost hear the cries of “Yabba, Dabba, don’t” from fans everywhere but it doesn’t matter. Warner Bros. is looking to bring the classic Sixties property The Flintstones back to the big screen, this time as a full-length, animated feature. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are executive producing and Chris Henchy, who wrote The Other Guys and The Campaign, is penning the script. Read more about the latest Flintstones movie below. Read More »
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly might never be Step Brothers again, but they could be Border Guards. Deadline reports the two actors are aiming to team up on the new comedy, possibly once again with director Adam McKay. Sony hired talented writer Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop, Four Lions) two pen a screenplay about two friends who take jobs as guards on the Mexico/U.S. border before becoming lost, without ID, in the foreign country. Read more about Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s Border Guards below. Read More »
The director of films such as Anchorman and Step Brothers is taking a step in a slightly new direction. Next up for Adam McKay: directing The Big Short, based on the book by Michael Lewis. (Lewis also wrote books such as Moneyball and The Blind Side.) McKay will also script. Brad Pitt’s company Plan B is producing and Paramount will release the film.
But this is not the same sort of comedy McKay is known for. The full title of the book is The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine, and it covers “the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s.” Read More »
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Want an Anchorman 3? Don’t hold your breath. Friday, when the extended/alternate cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hits select screens, will be the last time Will Ferrell’s trademark Ron Burgundy’s mustache will grace movie theaters. Writer/director Adam McKay says there will never be an Anchorman 3. Read his full quote below. Read More »
Anchorman 2 hit theaters at the end of last year, and it will soon be back in cinemas in a completely different cut assembled from alternate takes. But that’s not the end of the Anchorman 2 variant offerings: the Blu-ray release will feature three versions of the film. In addition to the original theatrical release and the second cut coming soon, the disc features an unrated version of the film. There will also be hours of bonus footage, including a reported 90 minutes of additional alternate takes. So that’s nearly four versions of Anchorman 2, which means that at least one poor editor probably lost his mind trying to make sense of it all.
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Two of the biggest stars in the world are attached. A high-profile comedy director wants to make it his next film. There’s just one thing in the way – that pesky script. That seems to be the case with Uptown Saturday Night, a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier film starring Poitier and Bill Cosby. Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) wants to make the film his next movie, and he’s got Will Smith and Denzel Washington set to play the lead roles. Now, in hopes to jump start the project to film next year, Warner Bros. has hired Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) to rewrite the script. Read More »
There’s one major downside to the way Adam McKay and Will Ferrell make movies. Eventually, they have to go through the footage and pick out one joke for any given moment. When making a film like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the director and star shoot so much footage that, once they finally made it into the editing room, the difficult work finally began.
Back in October, a group of journalists visited the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood and met with McKay and his editor Brent White while they were still working on the film. During our discussion we learned how long the initial cut was, about that rumored second version of movie, the test screening process, and how Seth Rogen almost ruined the film in post-production. We heard of an alternate ending and musical numbers, and saw two hilarious scenes from the December 20 release.
Below, read about all that and more as I present 12 fun facts from a visit to the edit bay of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Read More »