Peyton Reed Ant-Man interview

A couple weeks ago I got a chance to sit down with director Peyton Reed and talk about his new film Ant-Man. I’ve been a fan of Reed for a while now, from his fun 2000 comedy Bring It On (which was basically Pitch Perfect with Cheerleading) to his work within the Back to the Future franchise (he was involved in the Universal Studios ride, the animated series, and even directed the behind the scenes documentaries for the sequels). Here are some of the things I talked to Peyton Reed about:

  • His first attempt trying to direct a Marvel film in 2003 with a Fantastic Four adaptation that never happened
  • Ant-Man looks like it has the most VFX shots out of any of the Marvel films, But it does’t
  • How they made the microscopic scenes so photorealistic
  • What he believes he brought to the movie that wasn’t in Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish‘s draft
  • Why other Marvel characters were added to the story (possible spoiler warning, although its shown in tv commercials and trailers)
  • How Peyton ended up doing voice work on episodes of Beavis and Butthead
  • Will he be involved in any of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary festivities
  • How Did Marty McFly influence Ant-Man

You can read about all of that and much more in my Peyton Reed Ant-Man interview, after the jump.

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Replacing Edgar Wright on Ant-Man was never going to be an easy task. As director Peyton Reed recalls it, even he found himself wondering, “Who is the poor sap who is going to take over that movie?” — not realizing, of course, that he himself would get the job a few weeks later.

Fortunately, early word on Reed’s Ant-Man has been strong. Among other things, critics have noted approvingly that Wright’s influence can still be felt in the finished product. Now Reed has gotten more specific about which parts of Ant-Man came from him and Adam McKay, and which parts originated with Wright and Joe Cornish. Read the Peyton Reed Edgar Wright Ant-Man comments after the jump.  Read More »

Ant-Man set visit

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 »

CINDERELLA

Edgar Wright has picked up another promising young talent for his next film. Lily James will join Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver, a thriller previously described as “the ultimate rock-and-roll car chase film.” And with her casting comes some juicy new plot details on the movie. Get all the latest news about Baby Driver after the jump.  Read More »

ant-man writing credit

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 »

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Nothing against Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man, but there are always going to be some fans wondering what Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man could have been. His abrupt last-minute departure after years of development signaled irreconcilable creative differences, with many speculating that Wright’s unique sensibility just didn’t fit into the Marvel mold.

But Avengers director Joss Whedon suggests Wright’s Ant-Man (which he co-wrote with Joe Cornish) actually would have been perfect for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to him, it was the best and the “most Marvel” script the studio ever had. Read the Joss Whedon Edgar Wright Ant-Man comments after the jump.  Read More »

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UPDATE 3/31/15: We originally ran this story on January 13. Elgort has now officially be cast. We’ve made the appropriate changes. 

Edgar Wright is getting ready to make his next movie and he’s in talks with a new leading man. The film is called Baby Driver, and Wright is writing and directing. Now Ansel Elgort, of The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent fame, will officially star. Read more about the Edgar Wright Baby Driver casting below. Read More »

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Even as Edgar Wright preps his next two directorial efforts, he’s found time to work on another screenplay. Wright has submitted a rewrite of Dodge and Twist, an action-oriented steampunk sequel to Charles DickensOliver Twist. Think Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, only with Oliver and the Artful Dodger.

More details on the Edgar Wright Dodge and Twist script after the jump.  Read More »

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Earlier this week, news broke that Ansel Elgort was in talks to star in Edgar Wright‘s upcoming film, Baby Driver. At the time, we didn’t know what the movie would be about. However, it seems the original casting story was quietly updated with a pretty exciting description of what the movie will entail. Read the Baby Driver plot details below. Read More »