It's been exactly two weeks since Edgar Wright bailed on his Ant-Man directorial duties, and ever since, Marvel has been in a mad hustle to find his replacement. The latest two names being thrown into the wind are David Wain and Peyton Reed, both known for directing comedies.
David Wain is yet another director who has a strong working relationship with Ant-Man star Paul Rudd already in place. The pair recently finished collaborating on the Indie rom-com spoof They Came Together, which will be in theaters this summer. And Rudd was one of the main characters in Wain's directorial debut Wet Hot American Summer, which has gone onto become a cult mainstay. Its clear that Marvel wants a director that will make their leading man happy.
The next choice is Peyton Reed, a director who doesn't have close ties to Paul Rudd. He doesn't necessarily have the type of cult following Marvel seems to be seeking out, either. While his early feature Bring It On remains a popular film amongst younger fans, his later films The Break-Up and Yes Man didn't resonate too well with audiences.
So far, Marvel has hit up Anchorman director Adam McKay, who passed. He was very close to signing, but decided against it at the last minute. We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber was also in the running, but its not clear if Marvel ever made an offer or not. He is no longer interested either way. Neighbors director Nick Stoller was also being sought out, as was Canadian director Michael Dowse. We haven't heard anything further about their involvement.
Marvel is coming down to the wire, as shooting was supposed to have already started on Ant-Man. The studio is desperate to hold onto its July 2015 release date, but it's looking more and more like they might have to let that dream go. Of course, any one of the above mentioned directors might actually sign on at anytime throughout the weekend.