After working on Ant-Man for the better part of a decade, director Edgar Wright left the project earlier this summer. Eventually, he was replaced by Peyton Reed and the Marvel film is still on schedule for a July 2015 release. No one has come forward and flat-out said why Wright parted ways with Marvel and no one is likely to do so for some time. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, however, is currently doing press for Guardians of the Galaxy and said the split was amicable, and took place because of “creative differences.” He’s also said the film will retain the DNA both Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish created.
But what exactly does that mean? We know Marvel’s brought in multiple screenwriters to rewrite the script, and there had also been rumblings Wright storyboarded the whole film. Speaking with /Film, Feige admitted some of Wright’s visuals will end up in the movie. Read the full quote about the Edgar Wright Ant Man visuals below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
As soon as it was revealed that Edgar Wright was leaving Ant-Man, word began to spread that his take had been too out there for Marvel Studios. There were reports of script rewrites and nervous execs, and it wasn’t tough to imagine Wright’s idiosyncratic style clashing with Marvel’s controlled vision.
But that wasn’t really the case, according to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. “It would have to be really out there to be too out there for us,” he insisted. Instead, he blames personality issues and an out-of-sync vision for the split. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Briefly: A new addition has been made to the cast of Peyton Reed‘s Ant-Man, and he’s got a little Joker in him. David Dastmalchian, who played one of the Joker’s henchman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, has been cast in an unspecified role. Paul Rudd stars in the film, which is still scheduled for a July 2015 release. [Deadline]
Lots has happened at Marvel Studios since the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Plenty of news has leaked about Avengers: Age of Ultron and we’ve seen more and more about Guardians of the Galaxy. But the two biggest pieces of news were Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man and Scott Derrickson boarding Doctor Strange. Unfortunately, since the studio is between films, we haven’t heard what the president of the studio, Kevin Feige, had to say about any of it. Until now.
Feige was at CineEurope earlier this week and finally addressed the Edgar Wright Ant-Man controversy (Peyton Reed is now directing), the hiring of Derrickson, production on Doctor Strange, and said they have some ideas for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Read Feige’s quotes below. Read More »
After a couple weeks of conversations with various directors, Marvel Studios has made a decision, and a deal that will see Bring it On and Yes Man helmer Peyton Reed directing Ant-Man. He’ll be working from a script that features input from Adam McKay, who was briefly in talks to direct the movie in the wake of Edgar Wright’s departure. Below, read the official studio info on the movie that is now Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Marvel’s Ant-Man has had a tough go of it the past couple of weeks. Following Edgar Wright‘s abrupt departure, several directors have been courted to replace him, with no takers so far. But today, another serious contender has emerged.
Peyton Reed (Yes Man) is reportedly the new frontrunner for the job, although Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) and Michael Dowse (Goon) may still be in play as well. Hit the jump for all the latest details.
UPDATE: THR adds that David Wain is also in consideration. Wain already has a strong relationship with star Paul Rudd, having directed him in Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, Role Models, Wanderlust, and, most recently, They Came Together.
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Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
The name Brian Epstein may not immediately ring a bell, but if you’ve ever hummed along to “Hey Jude” or nodded your head to “Yellow Submarine,” you’re definitely familiar with his work. Epstein is the visionary manager who discovered the Beatles when they were just a local band in Liverpool, and guided the Fab Four to unprecedented fame.
While Epstein doesn’t get a fraction of the attention that John, Paul, George, and Ringo do, his life is pretty fascinating in its own right. Now a new movie aims to shed some light on the guy behind the guys. Peyton Reed has just signed on to direct the Epstein biopic The Fifth Beatle, based on the graphic novel written by Vivek Tiwary and illustrated by Andrew Robinson. Hit the jump for more details.
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Marvel is in talks with Slither/Super James Gunn to direct their superhero intergalactic space opera Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel is confident that Gunn will sign on for the project, but if he doesn’t, they have also been talking with Peyton Reed (Bring It On, Yes Man) and the directing duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson).
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