– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While last year’s ANT-MAN didn’t quite set the world on fire, it was still a solid entry in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, and a fun, albeit predictable ride that most moviegoers enjoyed. This was all despite the fact that ANT-MAN was seen as the film most likely to fail for Marvel Studios. It was based on a character that no many people knew, it had a silly sounding name, and what’s worse, it lost a director in Edgar Wright, the creative driving force behind it since the mid-2000s–before the Cinematic Universe even rolled its first foot of film. Yet despite all this, ANT-MAN managed to not only be a decent film, but to make enough money to warrant a sequel, entitled ANT-MAN AND THE WASP.

As most know, following Wright’s departure from the first film, writer/director Adam McKay (who recently directed the Academy Award-nominated film THE BIG SHORT) and actor Paul Rudd set to work on re-writing the script to fit Marvel’s vision. While there is plenty of debate as to whether of not the end script is a better product than what Wright and Joe Cornish had originally cooked up, the fact is the end result was solid.

Ever since the sequel’s been announced, fans have been wondering if McKay would be coming back to help with the script. Well wonder no more. In a recent interview with Nerdist, McKay confirmed that he will be involved in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP.

“We’ve been talking to Marvel actually. We just talked to them the other day, and it looks like I will be involved. I don’t know if it’s gonna be right from page one. But it looks like I will definitely be involved. There you go. There’s a little headline for the fanboys!”

So there you have it. As of this writing, it isn’t clear if he’ll be brought on to rewrite or to start from the beginning, but seeing as how the film is due out in July of 2018, I think we’ll find out really soon. While mid-2018 may seem like a long ways away, it isn’t when you stop to think about it. If Marvel wants to be safe about it (though let’s face it, they rarely do, and aren’t above starting production without a finished script), 3-6 months is a good amount of time for a solid shooting script. From there, if cameras start rolling on July of 2017, the film will be on track to hit its street date. If we include pre-production (let’s say another 3-6 months–though that time varies greatly from film to film, and Marvel does tend to work on an accelerated timeframe), then we should have a draft done by January 2017. WIth that in mind, the studio really should have their screenwriters ironed out by June or July of this year, so they have time to actually pen the script.

This may be easier said than done–at least as far as McKay isconcerned. As mentioned earlier, THE BIG SHORT is up for some serious Oscar nomination. If the film ends up winning Best Picture, and/or McKay ends up winning for Best Director, he will be quit the HOT commodity in Hollywood. All I have to say is that Marvel better lock that talent down ASAP before some other studios start to poach him. 

It is worth mentioning that as of December of last year, Deadline reported that Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, and Paul Rudd closed deals to write the script for the film. With that in mind, it seems likely that bringing McKay on for a polish.

What are your thoughts on McKay coming back to pen the script for ANT-MAN AND THE WASP? Do you want to see the script start with him, or are you okay with him doing rewrites?

Let us know in the comments down below!

SOURCES: Nerdist, Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.