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So what did Adam McKay and "Ant-Man" star Paul Rudd change about the script for the Marvel project after Edgar Wright left over "creative differences"? McKay himself has opened up about the process in a new interview “We added some new action beats," the writer/director told Collider in a recent interview. "I grew up on Marvel Comics so the geek in me was in heaven that I got to add a giant action sequence to the movie; I was so excited. So we did, we added some cool new action. There’s a lot that’s already in there from what Edgar did, there’s a lot of dialogue and character still in there." Describing the split between McKay/Rudd-scripted action scenes and Wright-scripted action scenes in the final script as "half and half," McKay noted a few other goals he and Rudd had in reshaping the film: "We just tried to streamline it, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Adam McKay is certainly one of the most talented people working in the comedy genre today, with a career that goes back to his days as head writer on SNL and includes writing and directing evergreen comedies like Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers. Recently, though, McKay has shown an ambitiousness that sees him branching out into different avenues. He tackled his first sequel with the absurdly funny Anchorman 2, he worked with collaborator Paul Rudd to rewrite Marvel Studios’ upcoming superhero film Ant-Man, and his next film may seem him taking on dramatic material. Steve recently sat down with McKay in anticipation of the upcoming short film series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss, and during the course of their conversation he provided updates on a number of upcoming projects. He revealed that his Uptown Saturday Night remake is not going forward, but said »
- Adam Chitwood
Last week, when Warner Bros. announced its entire DC Comics slate through 2020, perhaps the biggest point of intrigue for me was the announcement of Suicide Squad, about a team of incarcerated supervillains taking on high-risk black ops missions for the U.S. government in exchange for reduced prison sentences. In addition to announcing the movie, Warners also mentioned David Ayer would helm the A-Team-esque actioner. Suicide Squad is a property I know nothing about, save for the quick premise above, but it certainly sounds promising and it seems to fit well within its director's wheelhouse. Ultimately I think it could turn out pretty well, especially if Ayer is able to make good on what he recently told Empire regarding what audiences can expect for the film: "I can say that it's a Dirty Dozen with super-villains. Then I can ask the question, 'Does a movie really need good guysc'" Further, »
- Jordan Benesh
While Marvel is now in full swing on "Ant-Man," with a summer 2015 release date plugged in and ready to go, Edgar Wright's long developed but ultimately scrapped version will forever be a big "what if?" in the cinematic comic book canon. And while Wright has been largely mum on the whole situation, what is becoming increasingly clear is his vision didn't quite fit the broad, four quadrant needs of Marvel. And since "Anchorman" helmer Adam McKay —courted to direct after Wright exited the project, and ultimately assisting with a rewrite— doesn't come right out and say it, his comments about the work he did on the comic book movie are pretty telling. Describing the "giant rewrite" he did on Wright's script (which he calls "really good") with Paul Rudd, McKay said to Collider, "we added some new action beats. I grew up on Marvel Comics so the geek in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: David Wain
Synopsis: Joel (Rudd) is an executive at a confectionery corporation that is trying to close down Molly (Poehler)’s small candy shop, not far away from the company. When the unlikely pair meet, they take an instant dislike to each other due to obvious circumstances with their businesses.
Director David Wain shines a refreshing light on the romantic comedies that have never stopped surfacing, with his spoof film They Came Together. Just like other spoof films before it, Wain’s absurd observations of the romantic genre is vaguely entertaining. The production values, story-line (You’Ve Got Mail), locations and characters are almost exactly the same, but far more exaggerated. In many ways, the film reminds us of the elements we might hate or find cringe worthy in a lot of romantic comedies. »
- Louise Tooth
The pair worked together for "six to eight weeks" and "built on an already strong script from Edgar Wright and sort of just enhanced some stuff".
"We added some new action beats," he continued. "I grew up on Marvel Comics so the geek in me was in heaven that I got to add a giant action sequence to the movie - I was so excited.
"So we did, we added some cool new action. »
Adam McKay was hired to rewrite the script for Ant-man right around the same time director Peyton Reed joined the project, and in an interview with Collider, McKay talked a little about the changes he made to Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish's original script for the Marvel movie. First, Adam McKay says star Paul Rudd contacted him after Edgar Wright exited Ant-man, and explains why he decided not to direct the film. [Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project »
- Jesse Giroux
Production has been underway for some time now on Marvel's second 2015 movie release, Ant-Man. You probably know the story so far on it all too well, too. Edgar Wright had been developing the film for the best part of a decade, yet he departed over 'creative differences' on the eve of production, with all of the key cast - including Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas - in place.
The late replacement for him? That'd be Peyton Reed, who's now directing the film. But for a while, Anchorman helmer Adam McKay was linked with the job. Instead though, McKay oversaw a rewrite of the screenplay, and he's now been chatting to Collider about just what changed on the film.
McKay worked on the screenplay along with Paul Rudd for the best part of two months. »
Adam McKay isn't directing Ant-Man, but he has definitely left his mark. McKay, director of Anchorman and The Other Guys, told Collider that the film's star, Paul Rudd, asked him to help rewrite the potential tentpole. The two then spent six to eight weeks working on the script that director Edgar Wright left behind after exiting the project in May. "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," McKay said.
- Ryan Gajewski
McKay talked to Collider about the new “Ant-Man” screenplay, which he teamed up with star Rudd to rewrite after director and co-writer (along with Joe Cornish) Edgar Wright abruptly left the project due to creative differences with Marvel. McKay ultimately decided against stepping in as director, leaving that chair for Peyton Reed to fill, but did sign on as co-screenwriter.
According to McKay, he and Rudd, whom he directed in “Anchorman” and its sequel, “holed up in hotel rooms” and “did a giant rewrite of the script” in six to eight weeks.
“We just shaped the whole thing,” McKay told Collider. “We just tried to streamline it, make it cleaner, make it a little bigger, a little more aggressive, make it funnier in places.”
McKay also said the duo added action sequences, which »
- Maane Khatchatourian
After the shock departure of Edgar Wright following years of development on Ant-Man, Marvel Studios brought in Peyton Reed (The Break-Up) as his replacement in the director’s chair, while Adam McKay (Anchorman) also signed on to rework the script by Wright and his writing partner Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). Filming on the Phase Three movie is now of course well underway, and Collider has caught up with McKay, who has spoken about his work on the film, as well as how much of Wright’s original script has made it through to the final product. Here’s what he had to say:
“[Paul Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on. I went and met with Marvel, and I was a little dubious just because I’m friends with Edgar and I didn’t know what the story was, and »
- Gary Collinson
Early this year, Marvel’s Ant-Man hit a massive roadblock when Edgar Wright, who had been attached to the project for nearly a decade, suddenly left. His departure caused a massive and heavily publicized rift in the fan community, and led to a long search for a new director. Eventually, Bring it On and Down with Love helmer Peyton Reed took the reigns, but he wasn’t the first one approached for the gig.
Step Brothers and Anchorman director Adam McKay went so far as to enter negotiations with Marvel for the director’s chair, but eventually passed and decided to stick around to help rewrite Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s original script instead.
McKay recently opened up to Collider about his involvement with Ant-Man, what the writing process was like, and how much of Wright’s original work remains intact. On how he even became involved in the first place, »
- James Garcia
Adam Mckay was one of the first directors to meet with Marvel about taking the reins on Ant-Man after Edgar Wright left the project. McKay is the writer-director who brought us the hilarious Anchorman movies, and although he did not end up directing Ant-Man, he did rewrite the script. The film's star, Paul Rudd, is actually who brought McKay in, and then he and McKay worked on the script together. McKay recently talked to Collider about Ant-Man, and he shed a little light on how everything went down between him, Rudd, and Marvel. Here's what he said:
[Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on. I went and met with Marvel, and I was a little dubious just because I’m friends with Edgar and I didn’t know what the story was, and then when I kind of heard what happened, »
- Joey Paur
Following Edgar Wright's departure from Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man" film, "Anchorman" director Adam McKay was briefly in contention to replace Wright. McKay ultimately opted not to helm the film, with Peyton Reed taking over the directorial reins.
McKay did however pen a re-write of Wright and Joe Cornish's final script draft. What may surprise you though is that the film's star Paul Rudd had a big hand in that re-write. Asked if Rudd helped him, McKay tells Collider:
"Yeah, that's absolutely true. [Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on. I went and met with Marvel, and I was a little dubious just because I'm friends with Edgar and I didn't know what the story was, and then when I kind of heard what happened, that Edgar had parted ways, and then I saw their materials, I was like, »
- Garth Franklin
Shortly after writer-director Edgar Wright left Marvel's Ant-Man over creative differences, one of the first filmmakers sought to replace him was Adam McKay. While he decided not to direct the project, McKay was hired to rewrite the final draft turned in by Wright and Joe Cornish, with Marvel announcing in June that Peyton Reed would take the helm. During an interview with Collider, Adam McKay has now revealed what he did in terms of the rewrite, working closely beside his former Anchorman star Paul Rudd to perfect the story. As you might well now, the actor is playing Scott Lang in this Phase Three adventure.
"Yeah, that's absolutely true. [Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on. I went and met with Marvel, »
When Edgar Wright left Marvel’s Ant-Man, the amount of speculation and discussion was crazy. Eventually, Peyton Reed was hired as the director after a rewrite by none other than Adam McKay. McKay, a big comic book fan, is best known for crazy comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers, so him coming on to the film […]
- Germain Lussier
In the above video interview with Collider, Adam McKay talks in detail about his work on Ant-Man, revealing that it was in fact Paul Rudd who got him to join the Marvel Studios project for one final rewrite after some of Marvel's own in house writers tampered with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish's draft, resulting in him departing the movie he had been attached to for a number of years. "[Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on. I went and met with Marvel, and I was a little dubious just because I’m friends with Edgar and I didn’t know what the story was, and then when I kind of heard what happened, that Edgar had parted ways, and then I saw their materials, I was like, ‘God this is pretty cool’. Ultimately I didn’t want to »
While Ant-Man was one of the first feature film projects that Marvel Studios began developing, it went through some rather dramatic changes just months before finally starting production this summer. Filmmaker Edgar Wright had been developing the movie for years, writing the screenplay with Joe Cornish and even casting the majority of the roles, but he left the project a few months before production over creative differences with Marvel. The studio worked quickly to keep the project together and eventually signed Peyton Reed to direct, but before that Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay briefly flirted with the director’s chair. While McKay subsequently opted not to take the helm, he did agree to come onboard as a screenwriter, fine tuning the script in the months leading up to the start of filming. Steve recently spoke with McKay in anticipation of the upcoming short film series We the Economy: »
- Adam Chitwood
Just a few days after the first set photos featuring Michael Douglas arrived from the Ant-Man set, we have another look at the actor in character as Hank Pym. We also have a new look at Atlanta rapper T.I., who is seen wearing a Pym maintenance uniform, possibly in disguise as he sends out a call to parties unknown.
Last month, actress Evangeline Lilly shared a photo from the set where she is pictured with both T.I. and David Dastmalchian, who she referred to as "The Crims." Since the photo was later taken down, many believe that both actors are playing villains in the Marvel Phase Three adventure. While we still don't know exactly who T.I. is playing, it appears that his character is wearing a Pym Technologies maintenance uniform, though he could be wearing that as a disguise to infiltrate the company.
Production on Ant-Man began in August, although »
Marvel’s Ant-Man was all over the news this year thanks to the heated controversy that sprung up after Edgar Wright’s sudden departure from the project. However, now that the dust has settled, things have been relatively silent in regards to the size-changing superhero. Filming began in San Francisco back in August, and since then the biggest news stories about the movie have been about Martin Donovan’s new mystery role and Evangeline Lilly’s new haircut.
Now that the production has moved to Atlanta, however, things are beginning to pick up, and Marvel’s most scrutinized project is coming back into the limelight. This week, some eagle-eyed fans were able to capture our first glimpse at Michael Douglas as the first Ant-Man, Hank Pym. Douglas won’t be donning a superhero costume or shrinking down to near-microscopic proportions (that’s up to Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang), but »
- James Garcia
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