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Adam McKay in Talks to Direct “Ant-Man”


After Edgar Wright departed as director from the upcoming Marvel project, Ant-Man, the studio has been scrambling to find a new director. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Adam McKay is in talks to be taking over the project.

McKay is most known as the director behind the “Anchorman” films.

Both Marvel and Wright said the director’s exit was due to creative differences, and sources say Marvel had been unhappy with Wright’s take on the project for weeks (considering the film was supposed to start shooting June 2 and has now been put on hiatus.) Despite the fact that Wright willingly made revisions to the script he wrote with Joe Cornish earlier in the process, sources say the new rewrites were made without his input, and he walked after receiving Marvel’s new version of the script early the week of May 19.

The cast for the adaptation features Paul Rudd as the title character alongside Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson.

Ant-Man is set to hit theaters on July 17, 2015. Marvel states that Wright’s leaving would not affect the release date.

Adam McKay to Adapt and Direct “The Big Short”


“The Big Short,” the acclaimed novel by Michael Lewis is on its way to the big screen. Paramount Pictures and Plan B have announced their plans to adapt the novel with writer/director Adam McKay has come aboard to both adapt and direct the project.

The novel, “The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine,” is a bestseller about the housing and credit bubble of the 2000’s.

“Michael Lewis has the amazing ability to take complex formulas and concepts and turn them into page turners. Plan B and I connected over that breathless quality the book has. Very excited to jump into this,” said McKay.

Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group President, said,

“I am so excited as this project marks my third collaboration with Adam McKay – a tremendously talented filmmaker and one of my favorite storytellers.”

The film will be produced by Paramount and Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Pitt previously starred in and produced Lewis’ Moneyball, which earned an Academy Award-nomination for Best Picture.

There is currently no word on who the studio is eyeing to star in the film or a projected release date.