This morning, Anchorman director Adam McKay was looking like the most likely candidate to replace Edgar Wright on Marvel's Ant-Man, having name recognition amongst the fans and a strong working relationship with leading man Paul Rudd already in place. But he may just be too busy to accept the offer as he is in the midst of producing a number of various projects for his Gary Sanchez banner alongside partner Will Ferrell. That moves Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber into the position of frontrunner on this Phase Three adventure.
We're the Millers was a huge hit last summer, and has put Rawson Marshall Thurber into high demand. Marvel and Disney are keeping quiet on any speculation, as they hurry to lockdown a confirmed candidate.
Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less director Ruben Fleischer is not completely out of the running. Though, he recently had a baby with his wife, and it sounds like he is very reluctant to take on any project at this time. /person/ruben-fleischer/Fleischer is also said to be the frontrunner to direct the Ghostbusters reboot for Sony, home to his previous films. That long-gestating franchise sequel is much further away from a start date than Ant-Man, which is ready to shoot as soon as possible.
While Adam McKay sounds good on paper, it's a concern of Marvel's that his improvisational method of shooting may not mesh with the studio's mandate. Also, its unlikely that he would want to take over a project another filmmaker has spent a decade prepping, due to the large amount of original projects he already has in the pipeline.
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