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Marvel's 'Ant-Man': Peyton Reed will direct, Adam McKay to help with script

On June 7 Entertainment Weekly reported that director Peyton Reed has been chosen to direct Marvel's "Ant-Man," an action film about a scientist who develops a way to shrink to the size of an insect. Reed was chosen by Marvel after Edgar Wright left the project two weeks ago amid creative differences. The film is still expected to go into production this summer in Atlanta and will be released theatrically on July 17, 2015.

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Adam McKay, who was previously in discussions with Marvel to direct the film, will now serve as a contributor to the film script. The previous script, written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish has been in the works for nearly a decade, and McKay will adapt the script with a different vision. The script will have to be completed before filming can begin, which is scheduled to start at the end of July. McKay is the producing partner of Will Ferrell, and has co-written and directed the "Anchorman" films.

Peyton Reed has directed several feature films in the past, all of which were comedies. He is most known for helming the popular teen comedy "Bring It On,"as well as the 2006 relationship comedy "The Break-Up," which starred Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. His last feature was the 2008 romantic comedy "Yes Man" with Jim Carrey, although he was in talks to direct the 2002 reboot of "The Fantastic Four" film. Reed also have dozens of television show credits and has been involved in many different television movies and comedy ventures. revealed on June 7 that all of the actors originally signed on for the film will return, including Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Corey Stoll, and Michael Pena. Reed will inherit much of the production design set up by Wright, since the film was been in pre-production for several months in preparation for filming. The film is still on schedule for a summer 2015 release and will also film in Los Angeles.

The film follows Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym, a scientist who discovers a serum that will change him into the size of an insect. He then begins to fight crime under the alias of Ant-Man, who wears a special helmet which allows him to communicate with ants. Both Hank Pym and Scott Lang at some point are both the pint-sized superhero, who was also a founding member of The Avengers in the comic books despite not making the cut for the film.

Originally described as a heist film, the story will be tweaked to please Marvel although it doesn't seem like the script will be completely redone. The story will also kick off Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will arrive in theaters just a month after "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Phase Three will involve some of the comic book characters that are lesser known of have never been explored previously in motion pictures.

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