Moviehole talked to Hot Fuzz co-writer/director Edgar Wright
today, who spoke briefly about one of his next projects, Ant-Man:
Obviously I can't interview anyone that's got shrinking serum, [but] in terms of who the characters are though - yeah. Nanotechnology and all that. We have done a bit of research on it, yeah - and will continue to do so. It's great. It's really fascinating.
Were you a fan of the "Ant-Man" stuff?
I did read a bit of The Avengers as a kid, and I especially liked the Scott Lang character - by David Michelinie and John Byrne - and, of course, the imagery. I think "Ant Man" is one of those characters that the writers got bored with after about ten or fifteen issues so they'd go "What do we do now? - Hey, lets make him Giant-Man!" Then he became Yellowjacket... and the character changed... its interesting, he seems sort of like the runt-of-the-litter in the comics world, and that's exactly what appeals to me [about it]. On top of that, the visuals of him could be absolutely extraordinary. I really like the idea of doing an action film with a miniature element to it. Most 'Shrinking' films are about people being scared of Shrinking - "Incredible Shrinking Man", "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" - this is a film about how 'Cool' it would be to have that power, ya know?
Where's it at at the moment?
It's very early days; that's something that I was involved with even before Shaun of the Dead.
Is it a solo thing for you?
Well, I'm not writing with Simon [Pegg] - whether Simon or Nick [Frost] end up being in it, I don't know - but it's something I'm writing alone, yeah. I first got involved with this, just after Spaced, when I visited a company who had all the Marvel proxies - they mentioned it then. I then saw the Marvel guys again later on, and it came up again. I told them 'there's something about [Ant-Man] that really intrigues me'.
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