Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Margot Robbie Says 'Suicide Squad' Is More 'The Dark Knight' Than 'Avengers'; David Ayer Says Joker Is "Majestic" Margot Robbie Says 'Suicide Squad' Is More 'The Dark Knight' Than 'Avengers'; David Ayer Says Joker Is "Majestic" Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson's Sophomore Short 'Cigarettes & Coffee' Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson's Sophomore Short 'Cigarettes & Coffee' Another Oscar? First Look At Eddie Redmayne In Tom Hooper's 'The Danish Girl' Another Oscar? First Look At Eddie Redmayne In Tom Hooper's 'The Danish Girl' 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" New Looks At Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, And Lea Seydoux In 'Spectre' New Looks At Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, And Lea Seydoux In 'Spectre' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

Marvel's Search Continues As Rawson Thurber Passes On 'Ant-Man'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 4, 2014 at 9:05AM

With Marvel announcing Scott Derrickson as the director for "Doctor Strange" last night, it was a brief moment of distraction from their ongoing search for someone to get behind the camera for "Ant-Man." But that moment was short-lived as last evening came the news that one of the reported frontrunners for the job had dropped out.
16
Rawson Thurber

With Marvel announcing Scott Derrickson as the director for "Doctor Strange" last night, it was a brief moment of distraction from their ongoing search for someone to get behind the camera for "Ant-Man." But that moment was short-lived as last evening came the news that one of the reported frontrunners for the job had dropped out.

First reported by This Is Infamous and confirmed by The Wrap, "We're The Millers" and "Dodgeball" director Rawson Thurber has passed on "Ant-Man." There's no official reason why Thurber moved on, but this is not an easy project to get someone to agree to. With Marvel racing to meet a release date, whoever gets the gig will be thrown right into the deep end, with little in the way of prep time. (Edgar Wright had been in pre-production for months before he exited the film). Moreover, they'll likely have to take the script as is, like it or lump it, with little chance to make more changes to suit their style or voice. And oh yeah, and that's not to mention Marvel's usually stingy pay grade for talent being the icing on top.

So, with Wright, Adam McKay and now Rawson Thurber moving on, who's left? Ruben Fleischer's name had been in the mix but now there's talk he'll be doing "Ghostbusters 3" instead, so it'll be interesting to see who Marvel's second slate of choices will be. But they'll have to move fast. The clock is ticking and "Ant-Man" is still slated to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.

This article is related to: Rawson Marshall Thurber, Ant-Man


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates