ANT-MAN Helped Adam McKay Rewrite His Own Script

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In a recent interview with Collider, the screenwriter Adam McKay revealed that he wasn’t alone in polishing Marvel’s upcoming Phase Three kick-off film Ant-Man.

McKay credited his Anchorman buddy Paul Rudd, who plays Scott Lang in the superhero feature, for helping him rewrite the final script of Ant-Man, penned by departing director Edgar Wright.

“I’ve always known Paul Rudd’s a really good writer from improvising with him on set, but I had no idea he was that good—he’s really great with dialogue,” McKay said. “So the two of us holed up in hotel rooms on the east and west coast, and I think it was like six to eight weeks we just ground it out and did a giant rewrite of the script. I was really proud of what we did, I really thought we put some amazing stuff in there and built on an already strong script from Edgar Wright and sort of just enhanced some stuff.”

He then discussed what kind of stuff they enhanced:

“We just shaped the whole thing, we just tried to streamline it, make it cleaner, make it a little bigger, a little more aggressive, make it funnier in places—we just basically did a rewrite. Edgar had a really good script. But we just had a blast, and Rudd was just so much fun to write with. I walked away saying, ‘Hey, you and I gotta write a script together.”

So he and Rudd and presumably director Peyton Reed have made Ant-Man their own, but it isn’t known exactly what this “giant action sequence” is, or how this is not Wright’s movie.

However, it’s good to know that McKay admires Wright, and that he wanted to help and enhance the project, which is set to be released on July 17th, 2015 and co-stars Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, John Slattery as Howard Stark, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, and Michael Pena, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Fortson, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington and T.I. will appear in an as yet unrevealed roles.

Watch the portion of Adam McKay interview.

Hopefully Evangeline Lilly will become the Wasp….In Marvel we trust.