I get very excited when I hear about anything Edgar Wright is attached to and Ant-Man is no different, He is a unique and original director who has shown a great eye for comedy, whether it’s the excellent Spaced TV series or the phenomenon of Shaun of the Dead, but has also shown an incredible eye for detail and design in the upcoming Scott Pilgrim film which just looks gorgeous, check out the trailer here. So with the surely hard to sell name of Ant-Man the interview just explains a bit more of what type of film it will be and what stage of pre production it’s at.
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.
I’m sold! I cant wait for Scott Pilgrim and an Edgar Wright directed Superhero film is definitely something worth getting excited about. I’ve done a little research into Ant-Man and it looks like a great character to develop, Scott Lang is Ant-Man and was the second character to take on the role of Ant-Man after Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym (who created the technology to reduce in size and control ants). Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym with the help of Iron Man, by having him work at Stark Industries, reform Scott Lang who was a thief to take up the mantle.
There is also a really interesting part of the interview where he discusses Scott Pilgrim and finding roles for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for it and he says “I didn’t want to as I felt like I wanted people to be excited about the next time we work together with them as the lead” which is a great statement and can only boost the anticipation of their next collaboration, there could easily have been a danger that the trio would have been bound together to make films forever and studios would only have touched them if they came as a package but all credit to Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in all getting the own individual and excellent careers in the business.
Check out the boxoffice.com article here