Marvel has announced that Peyton Reed will direct Ant Man, with previous front-runner Adam McKay contributing rewrites on the script.
This follows several weeks where it seemed the project was in danger of stalling, at least as far as public perception has been concerned. After Edgar Wright left the project over creative differences, it seemed Adam McKay would be the new director. But after McKay walked away from negotiations, many fans started to speculate that Ant Man — a project Wright has been working on for nearly eight years — would be the first Marvel project to topple.
According to the new announcement, however, and in previous stories, Marvel is maintaining that the movie will be released as planned on July 17, 2015. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are still playing Scott Lang and Hank Pym, respectively, and the synopsis gives us a brief glimpse into the movie:
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) 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. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Is Ant Man a heist movie, then? Certainly, Marvel has played with cross-genre films effectively before, most notably the spy thriller homage Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Should we be looking to notable heist movies to get an idea of the type of film Ant Man will deliver?
Let us know your thoughts.