Marvel is still trying to find a replacement for Edgar Wright on their Phase Three adventure Ant-Man, which isn't going well so far. After Anchorman director Adam McKay passed on the project this past weekend, We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber was said to be a lock for the position. That changed this morning with two conflicting reports, one that said he wasn't interested in signing on, and another that claimed he'd never even been approached. Now, Marvel is reportedly eyeing two more directors firmly embedded in the world of comedy.
Most familiar to fans will be Nick Stoller, who hails from the Judd Apatow camp. He recently scored with the box office hit Neighbors starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen. He's also know for Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The later of which he worked alongside Ant-Man lead Paul Rudd on, with the two already having a strong rapport. Nick Stoller also seems to be a favorite of Disney, having penned 2011's The Muppets for the studio.
The second name being thrown around is a little less conventional. Canadian director Michael Dowse made a name for himself in cult comedy circles with the outrageous mockumentary Fubar and its sequel Fubar: Balls to the Wall, about two mullet-rocking metal heads coming to grips with their life in a small mill town. He also directed the cult favorite It's All Gone Pete Tong, but is perhaps best known for his brutal hockey comedy Goon. His next project is What If, a romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.
Marvel nor Disney have acknowledged these latest two directors, and its not clear if they have been approached or if they are merely on the studio's radar. Marvel is desperate to hold onto its 2015 release date for Ant-Man, with shooting to start as soon as they find someone. Expect to hear very soon if either party bites.