Thanks to a lot of talk around the Disney/Marvel deal, rumours recently cropped up that Pixar might be taking over development of the Ant-Man movie.
But now CHUD has gotten in contact with someone in a position to know - Edgar Wright, who has been working on the script and planning to direct the film for several years - and found out the truth.
"The news that Pixar is involved is not wholly accurate and a little premature to comment on. I love Pixar's work more than anyone and indeed would love to collaborate with them," says the writer/director, who goes on to clarify that he's working on a second draft of the script with Joe Cornish, but that things have slowed to a crawl since he threw himself into directing Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.
"I just spoke to (Marvel movie boss) Kevin Feige for the first time since I wrapped and we are meeting this week to discuss the next phase. It's been something that I have worked on for over five years on and off. There's even a treatment I wrote that dates even further back than that.
It's true that the character is not considered one of the Marvel brand leaders and that is precisely what excites me about it. I want to make a film inside the Marvel Universe that is something a little different; a genre film within the superhero genre so to speak."
And while we're intrigued by the "not wholly accurate" and "a little premature" parts of his statement (does that mean it could be partially accurate and something might be announced down the line?), he goes on to detail one reason why the CG giants might not get involved:
"I'm not sure though that they would want to do a 'shrinking' film as a Pixar animation - since Toy Story and A Bug's Life already cover this territory to some extent. Am guessing that someone just speculated on the 'bug' angle and tried to put two and two together."
So there you have it - at least, for now. Ant-Man doesn't seem much closer to happening right now, particularly as Edgar hasn't finally decided on his next project, though he seems to be leaning towards crime thriller Baby Driver or the final film in his Blood And Ice Cream trilogy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost…
Do you think the Pixar rumours are just guff? Would you like to see them take on a Marvel character to two?
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