‘Ant-Man’ Director Peyton Reed Details What’s New And What Was Kept From Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ Script

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The woes of the Ant-Man movie have been well-documented. Development started way back in 2006, with filmmaker Edgar Wright on board to both direct and co-write. Over the years, “What’s the latest on Ant-Man?” became almost a running joke during interviews with Wright. Then, when production actually commenced by some miracle on Ant-Man, Wright was mysteriously off the project. (To this day, not a whole lot is known about what happened other than “creative differences.” Someday, this will make a good book.)

“Who is the poor sap who is going to take over that movie?” These were the words that Peyton Reed sent to a friend the day that Wright left Ant-Man, not knowing that he would become the aforementioned “poor sap.” Reed, a lifelong Ant-Man fan, is pretty much perfect for this job, but this is a that job came with some leftover Edgar Wright baggage.

When speaking to Reed, it’s hard for him to contain his excitement for Ant-Man. And I believe Reed – the director of Bring It On and The Break-Up — when he says that this is the film he’s always wanted to make. Of course, this is a film that has a lot of Reed in it, but it also has a lot of Edgar Wright’s ideas, too. Ahead, Reed walks us through what he, along with Adam McKay and Paul Rudd, added to the film and what they decided to keep from Wright’s script.

Speaking of those additions, Reed gets pretty specific about some scenes. So, take this is a moderate spoiler warning. There are no true giveaways – for example, possible cameos are addressed as “another Marvel character” – but if you want to go in completely blind, there are some plot details ahead.

After everything that society has gone through to make this movie actually happen, It’s amazing that Ant-Man is finally here.

[Laughs] Well, yeah. I know exactly how you feel. It is amazing that it’s here. It’s a miracle.

You’re a longtime Ant-Man fan, so this seems like a dream project for you, but it did come with the baggage of what happened to the first director. Was it at all a tough decision to agree to sign on?