For the past year it feels like comic book fans have been strung along by Marvel and their live action Ant-Man adaptation. The film’s been in development for years with British helmer Edgar Wright attached to direct. Recently Wright’s been concentrating on putting the finishing touches on Scott Pilgrim vs The World, which hits theaters this August but he hasn’t forgot about the Marvel hero. In a new interview with Box Office Magazine he spoke about the project and gave a little update…
I haven’t actually started the second draft yet–I’m not going to be able to until this film [Scott Pilgrim] is out–but what we wrote for the first draft, and what Marvel really liked, is that it’s funny, but it’s a genre film. It’s about the level of comedy that Iron Man has. The idea is to make a high-concept genre film where it’s within another genre. His suit and its power is the big gadget and it takes place in the real world. I just wanted to do something that was slightly different than the superhero origin film. I felt that between that and the various mad scientist, crazy doctor films that we’ve all seen, this would be a way into an origin that was slightly different. I’m not really a multi-tasker–I haven’t done anything since Marvel liked our first draft.
Trying to be like the FIRST Iron Man is a good start. That amount of comedy was pitch perfect and nothing like the overwritten dialogue we heard in the sequel. It’s great to hear that the studio was so receptive to his first draft, which means they haven’t butchered it to pieces or added anything that the film doesn’t need.
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were amazing films and Scott Pilgrim looks like it will follow suit so we have high hopes for Ant-Man. He’s not a well known character to the general population but we think Wright can make magic happen!
What do you think of Wright’s vision for Ant-Man?