‘Anchorman’ director Adam McKay in final talks to direct Ant-Man

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Earlier today, we reported that three directors were in the running to replace Edgar Wright on Ant-Man: Ruben Fleischer, Adam McKay and Rawson Marshall Thurber. The Wrap is reporting that Adam McKay is in final talks to replace Edgar Wright on Ant-Man. “Sources now indicate that McKay is eager to take on the challenge of replacing fanboy favorite Wright” claims the site, “and would likely accept the job should Marvel.”

Although there were conflicting reports that Thurber was the favorite to replace Wright, it turns out that McKay was Marvel’s man all along. Fleischer and Thurber were on Marvel list and would’ve been contacted should McKay remove himself from contention. Now, the Anchorman director is in final talks with the studio to direct Ant-Man.

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Should McKay take the job, he would reunite with his Anchorman star Paul Rudd, who is believed to have lobbied the hardest for McKay to take over as director. Despite a limited special effects background, McKay is the most seasoned director out of the three with a talent for directing physical comedy. He’s filmmaker who’s used to the pressure of working on high-profile projects.

Marvel has an eye for finding the right directors for the job and while McKay is primarily a comedic director, one should remember that the Russos were primarily comedic directors as well. But behind a strong script, the Russos were able to pull of Marvel’s best solo film to date. I’m not saying that McKay will be just like the Russos, but I am saying that people shouldn’t judge a director until they see the finished product. After all, this is still Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s script, so you know the script is sound, Marvel just needed another director who was willing to fulfill their vision, not just their own.

Ain’t It Cool News first broke the news.

Ant-Man shrinks into theaters on July 17th, 2015.

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