Like many Marvel movie fans (including me), you’re probably wondering why Peyton Reed was hired to replace Edgar Wright as director of the long-gestating Ant-Man movie. Well, Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, told IGN.com why Reed got the gig.
When this happened and Edgar [Wright] said ‘Not for me,’ we met with a handful of people, but Peyton was always one that I thought would be great.
It was not a slam-dunk that he would just step into it and do it. He wanted to be sure that he was wasn’t just inheriting something or following someone else’s lead. Or wasn’t inheriting something that the evil studio had watered down to be something bad. I kept saying, ‘You can either read what’s online, or come in and talk to us and look at all this stuff.’ He looked at everything, he talked with us, and he said ‘Number one, I agree with the direction you’re going in. And number two, I can add to it.’ And he has – the movie is in as good a shape as it’s ever been right now.
“It’s still very much in the spirit of what Edgar’s original pitch was and the entire template of the movie is what Edgar set out and originally came and pitched us maybe eight years ago now. But it’s on its way to being the absolute best version of what that movie could have been.
And hey, maybe the Bring It On director still has Eliza Dushku‘s number in case any more roles need to be cast…
Ant-Man – still starring Paul Rudd – is scheduled to open less than one year from today, on July 17, 2015.