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

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 4, 2014 9:05 AM
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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.

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  • Jimi LaLumia | June 5, 2014 7:27 PMReply

    we look forward to the ANT MAN film, regardless of WHO directs it.. bring it on..

  • Bif | June 4, 2014 4:25 PMReply

    Kevin Jagernauth is an ant.

  • Molloy | June 4, 2014 4:19 PMReply

    I heard David Lynch is an ant wrangler.

  • Molloy | June 4, 2014 4:18 PMReply

    I heard David Lynch is an ant wrangler.

  • Micha | June 4, 2014 4:04 PMReply

    Cronenberg! Fly, Spider, Butterfly, Ant. Got it?

  • SCOTT | June 4, 2014 2:30 PMReply

    What's Brett Ratner up to?

  • Michael | June 4, 2014 2:25 PMReply


  • buddy | June 5, 2014 6:25 PM

    YES! I was hoping for Von Trier for the Superman reboot.

  • Buddy | June 4, 2014 1:54 PMReply

    I hope they end up having to cancel this project. Marvel's hubris needs a reality check.

  • mayor of crazy town | June 4, 2014 12:36 PMReply

    Renny Harlin!

  • Bob | June 4, 2014 12:09 PMReply

    How about Joe Cornish? He co-wrote it after all.

  • Chaws | June 4, 2014 2:29 PM

    And then Marvel took the last draft he co-wrote and apparently butchered it. I'm sure he wouldn't take the gig at this point.

  • BEF | June 4, 2014 11:33 AMReply

    Claire Denis!

  • Alphabet | June 4, 2014 10:24 AMReply


  • j | June 4, 2014 10:08 AMReply

    Gavin O'Connor! tee hee.

  • braff | June 4, 2014 12:21 PM

    Great choice! Tommy Wiseau is also free, from what I hear.

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