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Marvel can't find anybody who wants to direct Ant-Man


Want to direct a superhero blockbuster? Give Marvel a call. They're probably getting desperate.

Several weeks ago, Edgar Wright quit Marvel's Ant-Man "due to differences in their vision of the film" — and the studio is having a hard time finding a director whose vision does match what they're looking for. Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay was an early frontrunner to take over (and even met with the creative team behind Ant-Man), but he eventually turned the job down, citing "other projects."

That led Marvel to pursue We're the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber, another rumored frontunner, who has now reportedly passed on Ant-Man. That leaves just one name on Marvel's alleged list of Ant-Man directors: Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. Unfortunately, his dance card might also be too full; according to The Wrap, Fleischer is also under consideration to direct Sony Pictures' long-gestating Ghostbusters reboot.

If Fleischer passes, that brings Marvel back to square one, and they'd better put a new wish list together quickly; Ant-Man is still scheduled to come out in July 2015, and the clock is ticking.