There were reports on Friday that Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys), Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) were the frontrunners to take over the director’s chair for Marvel’s Ant-Man from Edgar Wright. Now The Hollywood Reporter has learnt that McKay has exited talks with Marvel.
McKay worked together with Ant-Man star Paul Rudd on the “Anchorman” films. Also starring in the Marvel film are Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson and Corey Stoll.
Ant-Man 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. Paul Rudd will play Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas stars as Hank Pym.