Broadsheet Trailer Park: Ant-Man

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What you may need to know:

1. Ex-con Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) inherits technology enabling decreased size and increased strength from mentor and original “Ant-Man”, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).

2. This has been in development since 2006. Original writer/director Edgar Wright (The Cornetto Trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) dropped out in May 2014 following endless studio notes and re-writes. Marvel replaced him with the safer choice of Peyton Reed (Bring it On, The Break-up).

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The screenplay is now credited to Rudd and Adam McKay, with Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish receiving a smaller “story by” credit.

4. Between this and the rumoured 1986 flop Howard the Duck (1986) remake, we must surely be reaching the bottom of the comic-book-movie barrel (although Howard and Beverly is still a better love story than Anakin and Padme).

5. Not that Marvel will be running out of choice any time soon. Characters with untapped development potential include Squirrel Girl (powers include enhanced strength, speed and the ability to communicate with squirrels), Lady Stilt-Man (owns a pair of stilts) and Leather Boy (don’t Google this… seriously).

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: Pass the Raid.

Release Date:  July 17

Mark blogs about film, TV and other stuff at WhyBother.ie

 

UPDATE: That poster, improved.

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14 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Ant-Man

  1. Niallo

    How about some real comic book character movies ?
    Nemesis the warlock ?
    Rogue trooper ?
    Abc warriors ?
    Slaine ?
    Etc. theres a damn sight more and more interesting characters and story lines to be found in the past, circa 2000 ad.

    1. delta V

      2000AD characters such as these (other than Dredd) are virtually unknown in markets outside the UK/Ireland. No audience for these in US target market.
      Similarly though, I’m still vainly hoping for a screenplay of something by Iain M. Banks…

      1. mauriac

        chopper,Devlin Waugh ,Anderson ,judge death,the fatties etc.etc. so many great stories there.pity the last dredd ( a fine film) didn’t bust the blocks.who’d heard of any guardians of the galaxy before the film?

        this looks bad though.

        1. MajorThrill

          They turned up in a fair amount of the Marvel animated kids’ stuff which mainly seemed to air in the US. It was still a hell of a gamble though

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