Just when you think the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding Marvel’s troubled Ant-Man flick couldn’t get any crazier, something like this comes along to show we haven’t reached the bottom of the barrel. At least, not yet.
After Edgar Wright’s hasty exit from the project he’s been shepherding for the better part of a decade due to alleged rewrites, Marvel has gone into triage mode to try and salvage the film’s fast-approaching July 17, 2015, release date. With Wright out, the studio moved on to Adam McKay (Anchorman), who briefly flirted before removing himself from the running.
Now things are getting even crazier. After the project has been spurned by both Wright and McKay, there’s a new report making the rounds that yet another director on Marvel’s short list has turned down Hank Pym and the gang.
The Wrap reported Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers) was the new frontrunner to take over Ant-Man, but not long after that report broke another story hit — apparently Thurber has already passed on the project, according to This Is Infamous and The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider.
So Rawson Marshall Thurber already passed on ANT-MAN, the movie that no self-respecting director appears to want to adopt?— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) June 4, 2014
With all these guys apparently out, who does that leave? According to industry reports, Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) has also been meeting with Marvel in recent days, and it sounds like he’s the only man left standing. But will he actually take the gig, or will this thing continue to flounder?
Hey, what's Brett Ratner doing these days ...