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'Yes Man's' Peyton Reed Is Frontrunner to Direct Marvel's 'Ant-Man' (Exclusive)

6/18/2014

By Jeff Sneider
TheWrap

Peyton Reed ("Yes Man") is the frontrunner to replace Edgar Wright as the director of Marvel's "Ant-Man," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Marvel has declined to comment on all speculation surrounding the new director of "Ant-Man," which the studio insists will make its current release date of July 17, 2015. A representative for Reed did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reed's name has not been mentioned with the "Ant-Man" yet, but he has emerged as a serious contender for the high-profile gig.

Reed made his directorial debut with the visually inventive musical "Down with Love" starring Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger. He went on to direct Vince Vaughn-Jennifer Aniston relationship comedy "The Break-Up," which grossed more than $200 million worldwide.

Reed most recently directed the Jim Carrey comedy "Yes Man," which grossed $223 million worldwide.

Rawson Marshall Thurber and Ruben Fleischer were contenders to direct "Ant-Man" but their interest waned after Marvel elected to offer the job to Adam McKay first. As up-and-coming filmmakers, both Thurber and Fleischer may have felt there would be other, better opportunities coming down the pike.

In other words, Reed could use the job a little more than they could, though he's no slouch himself, considering two of his three movies crossed the $200 million mark at the global box office.

In recent days, Nicholas Stoller and Michael Dowse have also been rumored to direct "Ant-Man," but they too, have other options, and in any case, it appears that Reed currently has the edge.

Reed is represented by WME and attorney Robert Offer.

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