Who Will Direct ‘Ant-Man’? [Updated]

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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 ThurberAdam 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.

The original story follows.

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Ruben Fleischer Linked to ‘Ghostbusters 3′

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There have been a lot of director rumors lately, mostly centering around Ant-Man. The biggest piece of Ant-Man talk was legit at first and then ended up being wrong when Adam McKay abruptly quit talks for the film. But there’s a related piece of info that will be of interest to many. Also on the shortlist of possible directors for Ant-Man was Ruben Fleischer, the director of Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, and Gangster Squad.

A side note in that reporting is that Sony/Columbia, which distributed Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, wants Fleischer for Ghostbusters 3. Read More »

Ruben Fleischer to Direct ‘Overnight’ for Disney

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Briefly: Ruben Fleischer broke out big with Zombieland, but his following two films, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad, have been, well, less impressive each time. Can a slight course change into more family-oriented territory tap the reset button and give him a project that’ll be back on track?

We’ll find out if he closes his deal to helm Overnight for Disney. The film, written by Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street), is being compared to Home Alone as it finds “a father and son winning the chance to spend the night inside the new FAO type store but find their sleepover interrupted when thieves break in.”

 

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Briefly: Ruben Fleischer launched his feature career in a big way with Zombieland, made a quick left turn into bitter comedy for 30 Minutes or Less, and then hit a big bump with Gangster Squad. The problems with that last film are many (beginning with a terrible script) and so here’s hoping that his next film starts on better footing, and has a much better fate.

That next film might be a currently untitled sci-fi/fantasy movie for Sony, as Fleischer been set to produce and direct after bringing the idea to the studio. Eric Pearson (a Pixar vet with two Black List-ranked scripts) has been set to write, but we don’t have any details about the plot at this point. Fleischer is also developing an adaptation of the video game Spy Hunter for Warner Bros., but that is a project that has taken so long to move forward that we wouldn’t be surprised if this new Sony project gets to the starting line first. [The Wrap]

The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:

  • Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
  • Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
  • HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
  • HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
  • Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
  • Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
  • Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
  • Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel

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For years, a movie based on the classic video game Spy Hunter has been struggling to hit the gas. Dwayne Johnson was once attached to star, Paul W.S. Anderson and John Woo were working on it and, most recently, screenwriter Chad St. John was hired to write a script for Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer. And still, the story of a spy in a super-car who hunts down rogue agents was stalled.

After a few dormant months, the project now has new life. Fleischer is still attached to direct the Warner Bros. picture and Carter Blanchard has been hired to pen a fresh draft. This not only breathes new life into a franchise that’s had its share of troubles, but might be the jump start its been looking for.

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/Filmcast Ep. 214 – Gangster Squad

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Dave, Adam, and Devindra discuss this year’s Oscar nominations, and explain why you should watch LA Confidential instead of Gangster Squad.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.
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With Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad hitting theaters today, Warner Bros. is squeezing in one last extended trailer. Based on true events, the drama follows a special force of LAPD officers who are tasked with breaking the mob’s iron grip on the city of Los Angeles. The new three-minute promo offers looks at Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling‘s incorruptible cops, but it mostly highlights Sean Penn‘s scenery-chewing performance as gangster king Mickey Cohen. Watch it after the jump.

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