ANT-MAN Director Contenders Revealed; Adam McKay won’t Direct Pic! [UPDATE]

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UPDATE: The hunt for a new Ant-Man director is back on as Adam McKay has suddenly pulled out of negotiations to step in for Edgar Wright! The decision is said to be his alone, reports THR. Now it sounds like CAN’T-Man.

UPDATE: Heat Vision confirms AICN’s report that Anchorman director Adam McKay is in advanced talks to direct the Paul Rudd superhero movie for Marvel. Give things a chance.

It’s so hard to comprehend that it was only a week ago today director Edgar Wright departed Marvel’s adaptation of their comic book Ant-Man. It seems like it was only yesterday, yet it seems like it was also a lifetime ago.

Now a week later, sources tell Heat Vision that Rawson Marshall Thurber, Adam McKay and Ruben Fleischer are among a group of directors that are meeting with the studio to replace him, which seems to suggest that Kevin Feige  is still looking to infuse Ant-Man with a comic tone.

Let’s take a closer look at what they deem to be the top contenders: Rawson Marshall Thurber – best known for directing DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, We’re the Millers and Easy A; Adam McKay – best known for directing Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers; Ruben Fleischer – responsible for Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad.

Or to put it another way – Rawson Marshall Thurber, just no; Adam Mckay, the guy makes some hilariously absurd comedies, but I cannot see him directing a successful Ant-Man film without it being a complete farce; Ruben Fleischer, a good fit. Zombieland has a very compatible style to Edgar Wright. Just make it more like Zombieland and as far from 30 Minutes or Less as you can.

I still want Edgar doing this even if they really want this to be a comedy. What do you think?

Ant-Man is scheduled to be released July 17, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson and Corey Stoll.

The film follows a biochemist Dr. Hank Pym using his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects. Rudd will play Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Douglas stars as Hank Pym.

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