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The search for the new team behind Marvel Studio’s newest film, Ant-Man, has finally come to an end. Marvel has just announced that Adam McKay, best known for his work on the Will Ferrell comedies Anchorman, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Step Brothers, will write the new film, which will be directed by Peyton Reed, who directed Bring It On, Yes Man, and Down with Love. The two are very interesting choices, but McKay makes a lot of sense with his past relationship with Rudd, and Reed has made a name for himself over the last few years with quirky comedies and his cult hit, Bring it On.
Marvel released this official statement:
When Marvel’s “Ant-Man” hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film’s script.
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
This comes just a few weeks after Edgar Wright’s sudden departure from the film, which he had been shepherded over the better part of the last decade. It seems that Marvel has found someone who is willing to make the film within the confines of their universe, and on their time table, so I’m certainly curious to see how this all comes together.
Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Patrick Wilson, and Evangeline Lily, and is set for release on July 17, 2015.
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