Ant-Man 2 Script Teams Rudd & McKay with Two More Writers
Yesterday, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed shed some new light on the upcoming sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, revealing that original writers Paul Rudd and Adam McKay will be back to work on the story, along with Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer. Today, Deadline reports that Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer have finalized their deals for Ant-Man and the Wasp, along with new details about how the story is being crafted. This new report reveals that Adam McKay will help Paul Rudd, Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer break the story, before the trio goes off to write the script together, without Adam McKay.
This summer's Ant-Man was originally written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, who both received story credit and shared screenplay credit with Paul Rudd and Adam McKay. After Edgar Wright backed away from directing, Paul Rudd and Adam McKay came aboard to rewrite the script. Both Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer were brought on as the production writers, putting in six months of work on the script while principal photography was under way, although they were never credited for the first film.
Ant-Man's end credits scene featured Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) showing his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) the Wasp suit that he designed for her, which will certainly be put to use in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Evangeline Lilly teased possible Phase 3 plans for Wasp, aside from Ant-Man and the Wasp, since she recently had a costume fitting. But it isn't known if she will pop up at any time before the sequel.
Peyton Reed teased yesterday that the writers will start working on the script in January, and that the sequel may also feature Hope Van Dyne's mother, Janet. It was revealed towards the end of Ant-Man that Janet was lost in the Quantum Realm and never returned, but after Scott Lang managed to come back from this mysterious place, it's certainly possible that Janet may come back as well. Evangeline Lilly has even lobbied for Michelle Pfeiffer to play her on-screen mother, but we probably won't hear about casting for quite some time, since the sequel isn't hitting theaters until July 6, 2018.
Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer first gained notice with their script Die in a Gunfight, which made the Black List in 2010 and has Zac Efron attached to star. The scribes were also part of Paramount's writers room for the lucrative Transformers franchise. They are set to write the script for an animated prequel, tentatively titled Transformers One, which is set on the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron.