Director Rawson Marshall Thurber Passes On Marvel's ANT-MAN
Dang, Marvel is having a rough couple of weeks with their next tentpole, Ant-Man. First, Edgar Wright ("Hot Fuzz") walks away, then Adam McKay ("Step Brothers") passes and now Rawson Marshall Thurber ("We're the Millers") has rejected Marvel's offer.
The website, thisisinfamous.com, is reporting:
Earlier today, we scooped that Rawson Thurber had been offered the job in the hopes of settling down the movie’s rocky road to production and getting things back on pace to hit that July 2015 release date Marvel is still dead set on. Unfortunately, the ANT-MAN nightmare for Marvel continues, as sources tell us Thurber has indeed passed on the film, sending the studio right back to the drawing board to find someone actually willing to touch this movie with a 10-foot pole.
As you know, Edgar Wright ("At World's End") spent many years working and reworking the script for Ant-Man. He even shot some test footage which was viewed at Comic-Con, and eventually leaked online. It earned some high-marks from fans and interest in the diminutive hero was growing. Then, things went, real bad. Marvel decided to throw a wrench into production, supposedly having an in-house writer polish Edgar's script. The changes left Wright quite upset and he split from the project. Since then, several directors have been named as possible replacements. Adam McKay, who directed Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, was close to taking the gig but talks brokedown. And now that Thurber ("Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story") has taken his name out of the running some of you might assume that another rumored choice, Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland") would move to the head of the class. That's probably not the case either as Fleischer is said to be in talks for Ghostbusters 3. Looks like Marvel will have to go to plan C, whatever the hell that is.
Marvel's "mite"-iest hero will hit theaters July 17, 2015 courtesy of director
Edgar Wright, from a screenplay Edgar co-wrote with Joe Cornish. The film stars: Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. The cast also includes: Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Corey Stoll, Patrick Wilson and Matt Gerald.
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