Marvel is scrambling to find a new director for Ant-Man after Edgar Wright departed the project earlier this week. We now have a shortlist of directors in contention for the spot. The list includes Rawson Marshall Thurber, Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, and Jonathan Levine.
Here is a list of some of the films we have gotten from these guys:
Thurber sat in the chair for We're the Millers, Dodgeball: An Underdog Story, and was announced to be returning for a We're the Millers sequel.
McKay brought us a decent number of Digital Shorts on Saturday Night Live, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. He also has a long list of writing credits to his name.
Fleischer brought us Zombieland, Gangster Squad, 30 Minutes or Less, and has directed a number of Funny or Die skits. He also has producer credits for Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory.
Levine is probably the farthest from comedy as his credits include the horror flick All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and films like 50/50, Warm Bodies, and The Wackness.
With this shortlist it appears that Marvel is still looking to maintain a level of quirkiness and humor with Ant-Man because three of these guys mostly deal with comedies. One of the rumors was that Marvel thought Wright's British humor was a bit too weird for a primarily American audience, so searching for American directors makes a bit more sense for them, I guess. The one plot hole in that is the popularity and somewhat of a cult following around Wright's film Shaun of the Dead.
However, given that this is a superhero movie there is no doubt bound to be some action in there and I think Ruben Fleischer has a leg up on McKay and Thurber as he worked on Zombieland and Gangster Squad. The one advantage many think McKay has is the fact that he has worked with Paul Rudd before on the Anchorman films.
The potential dark horse here is Jonathan Levine because of how different he seems to be from the other three. It's assumed he was approached due to the success with Warm Bodies, but it's hard to tell.
[UPDATE] Literally as I was writing this, there are now reports stating that Rawson Thurber is the frontronner and will most likely receive the job for Ant-Man.
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