A pair of news concerning some of Marvel movies for ya this weekend.
Up first, it looks like the studio has finally — at last — located someone willing to direct “Ant-Man” for them after original writer/director Edgar Wright recently bailed on the project due to creative differences with Kevin Feige and company.
After going through a lot of names, Marvel has now settled on a pair of dudes to bring Ant-Man to the big screen, with Peyton Reed taking over as director. Reed is responsible for the Jim Carrey comedy “Yes Man” and the teen cheerleader flick “Bring it On.” Not exactly Edgar Wright fanboy street creds, I’ll grant you that, but hey, the guys who did “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” didn’t look all that impressive at first, either.
Meanwhile, Adam McKay will re-team with “Ant-Man” star Paul Rudd and rework the script to Marvel’s specifications. As previously speculated, it definitely sounds like the reason Wright left was because Marvel wanted him to do certain things with the film, likely in order to tie it up with their greater movie universe. McKay, an obvious gun-for-hire in this case, shouldn’t have that problem.
Rudd and Michael Douglas will remain as stars, with Rudd playing con man Scott Lang (Rudd), who must “embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.” We’re told that “against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.”
Meanwhile, now that Marvel has set director Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”) to helm their “Doctor Strange” movie, the search is on for the Sorcerer Supreme himself.
According to Deadline, two of those possible candidates include everyone’s favorite British guy Tom Hardy and the BBC’s version of Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch. Those are the biggest names on the list, but I’m sure there are plenty of others as well.
Unlike the play-it-safe Hollywood studios, Marvel seems to thrive on making left-field talent choices behind and in front of the camera. So just because Hardy and Cumberbatch are on the list, don’t be surprise if they’re not that high up.
If one of them should land the gig, though, I’d love for it to be Cumberbatch. If he could channel some of his Sherlock assholeness into Doctor Strange, I think it would make for a pretty novel superhero.