It looks like the not-so-long journey to get a new director for Marvel Studios' Ant-Man has finally come to a close and the job has gone to ...
Peyton Reed! (who was just announced as a frontrunner yesterday.)
Marvel.com broke the news just moments ago, but not only do they have a director, one of the previous people mentioned as a possibility to direct, Anchorman co-writer and director Adam McKay, has been hired to "contribute" to the existing script by Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish, presumably to get it into shape to start production next month as planned.
As a reminder, Reed was once going to be directing Fox's Fantastic Four movie back in 2002 before Tim Story came on board, so he clearly has had interest in tackling superheroes for a while. McKay has been developing a movie based on Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson's edgy superhero comic, The Boys. They've both been the men behind the lens for a number of comedies that have grossed over $100 million domestically.
While just about everyone is disappointed in Edgar Wright's sudden departure a few weeks back, does this pairing of director and writer give you any more hope that Ant-Man will join Iron Man, Thor and the Captain America in the pantheon of great movies based on Marvel Comics?
Ant-Man is still scheduled for release on July 17, 2015.