Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man director/co-writer Edgar Wright dropped out of the project, Peyton Reed was replaced and new writers boarded the project.
At Guardians of the Galaxy London screening, IGN asked American film producer and president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige if Peyton Reed is the right director to take Ant-Man forward:
He replied: “Peyton is someone that I’ve been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to Fantastic Four more than 10 years ago.
We spent a lot of time together… and I got along with Peyton very, very well and he had awesome ideas and an awesome vision for the movie, and for various reasons he ended up leaving that movie…”
Feige adds, “He’s come in to meet on a lot of our movies over the years, in particular Guardians. He had a lot of awesome things to say on Guardians. But James [Gunn] had a slightly more solid take that was of interest to us.
But Peyton was always on our lists, and so 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.”
Peyton is really, really wonderful, and will be proving that soon enough. As I said to the Comic-Con audience a few years ago, ‘You might not have heard of [Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors] Joe and Antony Russo, but you’re going to be big fans of them soon.’ And I’d say the same thing about Peyton Reed now,” he concluded.
Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Patrick Wilson, Evangeline Lilly, David Dastmalchian, Michael Peña and Corey Stoll. Ant-Man is scheduled to be released on July 17, 2015.
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