Just a few weeks after Marvel announced that the Ant-Man sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp will hit theaters in 2018, it seems the studio is bringing back the original director. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that filmmaker Peyton Reed is in talks with the studio to direct Ant-Man and The Wasp. What's less clear is who will actually write the follow-up.
Ant-Man had been in the works for several years before production actually got started last year, with Edgar Wright set to direct and co-write the script with Joe Cornish. Edgar Wright ended up leaving Ant-Man shortly before production began, with Peyton Reed stepping in to direct and star Paul Rudd coming aboard to co-write the script with Adam McKay, who directed the actor in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Both Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish received screenplay credit alongside Paul Rudd and Adam McKay.
It's possible that Paul Rudd and Adam McKay could be tasked with writing the sequel script, but it isn't known if Marvel wants them to return, or if they will seek out new writers. While no story details have been given, the title clearly sets up that Evangeline Lilly's Hope Van Dyne will return as The Wasp, which most assumed after the end credits scene showed Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) showing Hope the Wasp suit he designed for her. It also isn't known if Scott Lang's new associates Luis (Michael Peña), Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and Dave (T.I.) will reprise their roles in the sequel.
Ant-Man fared quite well at the box office, taking in $178.7 million domestically and $275.9 million internationally for a worldwide haul of $454.6 million, from a $130 million budget. Ant-Man just opened in China, one of the most important international markets, over the weekend, where it took in a whopping $43 million, the second largest opening of any Marvel movie, behind Avengers: Age of Ultron which pulled in a incredible $156 million in its first five days in Chinese theaters. If Ant-Man keeps performing well in China, it could break the $500 million worldwide milestone.
It isn't known when production may begin on Ant-Man and the Wasp, but Peyton Reed will certainly have plenty of time to get ready for this Marvel sequel. Aside from the title characters, there is nothing else we know about this project, but hopefully more details will surface once Marvel brings on a writer. Are you glad that Peyton Reed is returning to direct Ant-Man and the Wasp?