After it was announced that Disney would be consuming Marvel for $4 billion just over a week ago Entertainment Weekly dropped a miniature bombshell by saying that “Pixar is said to already be eyeballing an Ant-Man movie.” Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright has been developing his Ant Man movie for a few years now, however it took the back seat while he worked on Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Could an animated Ant Man move forward now that Pixar and Marvel both suckle on the same teet? Edgar Wright gave his answer to CHUD:
“I just spoke to 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.
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. 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.
My spin on Ant Man is very different than a straight superhero origin – and very much live action. At some point in this century, I intend to stop talking about it and make the damn thing.”
Pixar are great, Edgar Wright is a cool director and Ant Man is…well I don’t really know, I’m not really familiar with the character. But everyone involved seems cool and great so whether they decide to go down the Pixar route or continue down the live-action road I’m sure the movie will be interesting. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids has been hogging the shrinking genre for too long and it’s time it got a modern update.