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Adam McKay Drops Out of 'Ant-Man' Talks After Becoming Frontrunner

Marvel's 'Ant-Man' is still in need of a new director
Marvel's 'Ant-Man' is still in need of a new director

The Ant-Man situation continues to be a fluid thing, with updates coming on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. Case in point is the search for a director to replace Edgar Wright, with Adam McKay, Ruben Fleischer, and Rawson Thurber emerging as contenders Thurber was reported to be the frontrunner for a brief time, but shortly thereafter AICN reported McKay had officially entered talks with Marvel. Considering his busy schedule and independent-minded approach, McKay seemed to be the least likely to want the job, and maybe that's why he has changed his mind and pulled out of contention.

After negotiating with Marvel yesterday, McKay has decided not to take the job. McKay took to Twitter to confirm he had been in negotiations, sighting his slew of other projects as the reason for backing out...

"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."

That leaves Thurber, coming off the hit comedy We're the Millers, and Zombieland's Fleischer as the only candidates known at this point. Given Fleischer's personal commitments and possible involvement with Ghostbusters 3, Thurber could be the guy Marvel turns to.

So there will be no Anchorman reunion between McKay and Paul Rudd, who is set to play Ant-Man when the film opens in July of next year.