Briefly: If you’ve been hoping to hear more about Shaun of the Dead and Scott PIlgrim director Edgar Wright‘s plans for an Ant-Man movie with Marvel, here you go. An LA Times update reveals that the writer/director is working on a new draft of Ant-Man, which marks the first active work he’s done on the film since dedicating himself to Scott Pilgrim two years ago.
We don’t know much more than that, and there’s no word on the budget, casting or even the tone of the film. So keep those questions for now — all that stuff comes after there’s another draft. (Hopefully.) But Mr. Wright did reiterate, “This one’s not about about the urgency of summer tentpoles and things going into production without a script. It’s slightly different than that.”
Which is pretty much what he said this time last year when asked about the film. Good to know, though, that without the pressure of a pre-established date, he and Joe Cornish (who is also in the midst of dealing with the release of his first directorial effort, Attack the Block, in the UK) can just get a script into fighting shape and then move forward. You know, the way it’s supposed to work.
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Got a pack of small comic book to film stories to throw out today. First, X-Men: First Class co-writer Jane Goldman says that First Class is shortly to go before cameras. At Movie Con this weekend, Goldman said “I watched a bunch of pre-viz yesterday and went home feeling so excited. We start shooting in about three weeks.” There has been a lot of casting over the past couple weeks, with two items coming out last night. But who plays Cyclops? [CBR]
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Writer/director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim, Hot Fuzz) talked briefly with Box Office Magazine about his big screen adaptation of Marvel’s Ant-Man which has been long in development. Wright says he hasn’t yet started writing a second draft of the script, and won’t be able to until September. He also talks about his vision for the film. Read his comments after the jump.
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Bunch of comic book and comic book movie-related stuff broke over the weekend, so here’s a quick recap of the most important points.
First up, Collider took part in a conference call with Joss Whedon, who is tapped to direct The Avengers for Marvel. The frequently self-deprecating Whedon said of his own abilities, “I have no directing skills.” Thanks to the rather lame conference call format, there is apparently no follow-up to that. Next time someone gets in a room with Whedon, the topic of directorial ability (and his vision of what directing skills are or should be) has to come up. Because Serenity seems to demonstrate that he’s better than he gives himself credit for.
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There isn’t much to this story, just the screen capture included above. It is of a tweet from Edgar Wright, director of Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the upcoming film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, that reads:
I just met Joss Whedon for the first time. Speculation commence!
Edgar is in town (I heard there was a Los Angeles Scott Pilgrim test screening earlier this week) and the filmmaker apparently just met with Joss Whedon. As you might recall, Whedon is rewriting and directing the upcoming Marvel superhero team-up movie The Avengers. And you might also recall, Edgar co-wrote a script for Marvel’s Ant-Man with Joe Cornish before going into production on Scott Pilgrim.
I’ve heard Marvel is very excited to get Ant-Man into production soon and we’ve previously reported that Disney has already purchased a domain name for the Ant-Man movie. Comic book geeks know that Ant-Man is one of The Avengers, and would likely be introduced in The Avengers movie. So is this just a chance meeting, or planning for The Avengers/Ant-Man?
Earlier today, Hayley Atwell was cast as the female lead in The First Avenger: Captain America. When geek news like this breaks, I’ll often talk to Steve from Collider on the phone and we’ll tell each other what we think. It’s conversations like these that originally led to us to record our first video blogs. After a few minutes of talking this afternoon, we realized with the recent announcement of Joss Whedon on The Avengers movie, we both had a lot to say about not only Captain America and The Avengers, but the future of Marvel movies and the choices the studio has made and might make in the future.
So we recorded a video blog on the future of the Marvel movie universe. Some of the things we discussed were Marvel casting and directorial choices thus far, the pros and cons of Joss Whedon, casting unknowns versus movie stars, what’s up with Ant-Man and is Edgar Wright going to direct it, is Marvel being cheap with their actors and directors, did Jon Favreau get offered Avengers, Thor talk, The Runaways talk, will the merger of Marvel and Disney lead to a Pixar Marvel movie, why hasn’t someone hired Brian K. Vaughan to direct a movie, and Frosty pitches a television show concept called The Marvel Universe , which would be a perfect fit on ABC.
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Update: Olivia Munn does not play Janet Van Dyne aka The Wasp in Iron Man 2.
Ever since G4′s Attack of the Show co-host and geek diva Olivia Munn was cast in Iron Man 2, geeks around the webosphere have been trying to figure out what role she might play in the upcoming sequel. Actress Kate Mara (We Are Marshall) also has a cameo in the film, which is said not to be long-term Stark girlfriend, Bethany Cabe, which also had fans talking. At first we just wrote Munn’s part off as a small cameo, but in the last few months some strange developments make us believe otherwise.
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Today it has been learned that Disney has purchased a new batch of internet domain names. The most interesting domain in the batch is a domain for an Ant-Man movie: ANT-MAN-THEMOVIE.COM. Now, this doesn’t confirm anything… but Disney doesn’t usually purchase domain names without reason. Looks like they are considering an Ant-Man movie.
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