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Marvel announces director Peyton Reed to direct 'Ant-Man,' Adam McKay to write following Edgar Wright exit

Ant-Man seen in an image tweeted by Marvel.
Ant-Man seen in an image tweeted by Marvel.

Marvel announced Saturday that Peyton Reed will direct "Ant-Man," following writer/director Edgar Wright's high-profile exit. This piece in the Marvel cinematic universe strategy is still scheduled to be released July 17 of next year.

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They've also announced new writer Adam McKay to make changes Marvel is seeking to the script written by Wright and Joe Cornish.

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Reed previously directed movies including "Bring It On," "The Break-Up" and "Yes Man," as well as TV shows including "New Girl," "Mr. Show," "Upright Citizens Brigade" and more. He's also attached to direct the upcoming movie "The Fifth Beatle," based on the Dark Horse graphic novel.

McKay came to prominence as head writer of "Saturday Night Live" and as the writer/director of movies including "Anchorman," "Talladega Nights," "Step Brothers" and "The Other Guys."

Wright's contentious exit came as a surprise as Wright had worked on developing the movie since 2006 before being officially announced as the director in 2012. They parted ways over what a joint statement described as "differences in their vision of the film."

Marvel included this description of the plot of the upcoming film, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas:

"Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world."

It's a more heroic take on the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man than Wright apparently wanted based on previous statements by the director.

Joss Whedon, who's been overseeing the Marvel cinematic universe and directing both "Avengers" and the upcoming sequel "Avengers: Age of Ultron," has at least symbolically supported Wright in the split between Wright and the studio. He posted this image on Twitter holding up a Cornetto, a British ice cream treat — Wright is well known for his Cornetto movie trilogy:

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