For once, there isn’t a ton of comic book news floating around. Given that, I figured we’d update you on one of the smaller projects currently under development, Ant-Man.
Get it? Ant-Man? Smaller projects? You see? Because Ant-Man is…
Ah, go fuck a bucket of snapping turtles.
Anyway, Ant-Man is set to be directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), who is currently wrapping up Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. He also wrote the first draft for the film, which has been lauded by those who caught a peek at it. I’m not surprised — Wright has written the scripts for most of his films, as well as the beloved television series “Spaced,” and has proven himself an excellent writer. The character of Ant-Man could be a solid addition to the current Marvel screen pantheon. It’s about Henry Pym, a scientist who develops technology enabling him to shrink to tiny size (and later, to giant size and become Giant Man), as well as to control insects. It’s cooler than it sounds, trust me.
Wright had this to say about the film, in a recent interview:
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.
“The level of comedy that Iron Man has” is good news — I was a little worried that it would end up a bit too silly, and I’m also glad to see the gadget aspect of it emphasized. In the end Henry Pym is a goddamn genius, one of the smartest men on Earth, and that’s an aspect that shouldn’t be neglected. No cast has been announced yet, though I’ll join in the chorus of folks who would love to see Nathan Fillion as the lead. Also, I’ve no idea whether or not the script will have Janet Pym, aka The Wasp, as his wife, and whether or not it’ll have the Ultimates take on him as a wife-abuser as well. I’m guessing maybe on the former, probably not on the latter.