Adam McKay won't direct Ant-Man

'Anchorman' director Adam McKay has pulled out of negotiations to direct 'Ant-Man' after original director Edgar Wright quit the project

Adam McKay

Adam McKay

Adam McKay has pulled out of negotiations to direct 'Ant-Man'.

The 'Anchorman' director was considered frontrunner to replace Edgar Wright on the Marvel superhero movie, but he has decided not to take the reins, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

McKay confirmed he had been in talks for the film - which is still due to open next year - but couldn't commit due to other projects he is working on.

He wrote on Twitter: "And yes, met w/Marvel. Kirby & Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I'm committed to. Not sure it can work. (sic)"

Wright abruptly pulled out of directing 'Ant-Man', a project he has been working on for several years, last week.

Marvel said at the time the "studio and director have parted ways on 'Ant-Man' due to differences in their visions of the film".

'We're the Millers' director Rawson Marshall Thurber and 'Zombieland' director Ruben Fleischer are among the other names being considered to helm 'Ant-Man'.

The film will star comedian Paul Rudd, movie legend Michael Douglas and 'Lost' starlet Evangeline Lilly.


  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US/UK
  • 117 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peyton Reed
  • Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Hayley Atwell
  • UK release: 17 July 2015

A winning addition to Marvel's cinematic universe, Ant Man follows Dr Hank Pym (Douglas) as he fails in re-sizing himself, but unexpectedly imbues himself with the ability to talk to and control insects. With winning performances from Rudd, Cannavale and Douglas, this charming and eccentric heist film has a great sense of…


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