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On 'Hot Fuzz': - July 2006 *NEW*
Empire - July 2006 *NEW*
Moviehole - July 2006 *NEW*
'This Is Somerset' Article 2 - May 2006
'Ain't It Cool News' Interview - April 2006
'This Is Somerset' Article - January 2006

On 'Ant-Man': - July 2006 *NEW*
CBR News - July 2006 *NEW*

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Next, Borys introduced Edgar Wright, brainchild behind cult hit "Shaun of the Dead," and director of the upcoming "Ant-Man." Wright explained there had been talk of his involvement in the "Ant-Man" project since before "Shaun of the Dead" was ever written. Wright had perused a list of lesser known Marvel characters, and took a shine to Ant-Man. He had fond memories of the classic Ant-Man from John Byrne's run on "Marvel Premiere" in the late '70s. Nothing came of it then, but two years ago when Feige offered Wright the opportunity to helm a Marvel project in the wake of "Shaun of the Dead," the fact that Wright had written an "Ant-Man" treatment three years prior was news to them.
Best known for his comedy work, Wright assured fans, "The last thing I want it to be is a spoof, or a man-in-tights film." He said, rather, he thinks of it as an action movie version of "The Incredible Shrinking Man."
Wright insisted it was too early in development to say very much definitively about the plot, but he does intend for the film to feature both Henry Pym and Scott Lang. Ant-Man's origin is not the story Wright is interested in telling. Rather, it is Wright's intention to focus on Scott Lang's progression from criminal to unlikely hero.
Wright expressed his desire to incorporate parts from both the "Tales to Astonish" era and the more recent incarnations of the one-time Avenger. He admitted a certain affinity for the "Tales to Astonish" costume, but rightfully observed that the costume really hasn't seen too much of a change over the course of the character's history.
Wright also said it was too early in the process to comment on casting. One audience member brought up Garrett Morris' infamous portrayal of Ant-Man in a "Saturday Night Live" sketch. Wright told those assembled that before he'd had a chance to see the sketch, he'd been lucky enough to see it re-enacted verbatim by director Quentin Tarantino.
"Maybe Garrett Morris should do a cameo," Wright mused.
Wright further told fans, "I don't want to gloss over 40 years of Marvel history. But the last thing I'd want to do is try to cram too much in and fail."
He does not intend to incorporate any other Avengers, and whether or not any other members of Ant-Man's supporting cast make it into the film remains to be seen. It's a "huge special-effects bonanza," Wright said, "Which is one of the things that attracted me to the project." Most films that deal with shrinking focus primarily on how scary it is to be small. Wright wants "Ant-Man" to illustrate how "bad-ass" it could be.


Exclusive: Edgar Wright Talks Ant-Man
Source: Edward Douglas July 26, 2006

Director Edgar Wright was at Comic-Con in San Diego this year for two reasons, to talk about his second feature film, Hot Fuzz, a police action spoof once again with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and to talk about the new movie he would be directing for Marvel Studios, based on the Marvel superhero Ant-Man.

Not to be confused with Marvel's other insect-based superhero, Ant-Man has the power to make himself really small and, if that isn't power enough for you, he can communicate with ants!

No, I know it doesn't sound too exciting, but it somehow makes sense when you realize that Wright is the director who first brought zombies to the world of romantic comedies with Shaun of the Dead. And he's looking to adapt Bryan Lee O'Malley's indie graphic novel "Scott Pilgrim's Previous Little Life" to the big screen, as well.

Superhero Hype!: Is it true that you brought "Shaun of the Dead" to Comic-Con two years ago?
Edgar Wright: Yeah, it was probably the first big public screenings that we did here.

SHH!: Did you actually do a panel for it?
Wright: Yes, in this room here two years ago. Same slot even.

SHH!: Oh really? The Sunday slot? So you're kind of used to that then.
Wright: It's cool. It's still exciting being here. I was with Simon [Pegg] two years ago, so it's Nick's first time.

SHH!: You seem to be taking everything that's gone on since then in stride.
Wright: The Marvel thing is interesting, 'cause like I was saying in the [Marvel] panel yesterday, it was weirdly, a treatment we'd written that before "Shaun," so it's kind of odd to come back to that. Basically, this writer Joe Cornish… Before we'd written or maybe around the same time we'd written the first draft of "Shaun," I was in L.A. and I'd met with Artisan and at the time, they had some of Marvel's lesser-known titles, and they asked if I was a Marvel comics fan, and I said that I always was a Marvel Comics kid, and they said, "Are you interested in any of these titles?" The one that jumped out was "Ant-Man" because I had the John Byrne "Marvel Premiere" from 1979 that David Micheline had done with Scott Lang that was kind of an origin story. I always loved the artwork, so when I saw that, it just immediately set bells going off kind of thinking going "Huh, that could be interesting. " So we actually wrote a treatment for it, which was never sent to Marvel. It was like more our pitch on the thing. Ant-Man was basically doing a superhero film in invert commas, and it takes place in another genre, almost more in the crime-action genre, that just happens to involve an amazing suit with this piece of hardware. The thing I like about Ant-Man is that it's not like a secret power, there's no supernatural element or it's not a genetic thing. There's no gamma rays. It's just like the suit and the gas, so in that sense, it really appealed to me in terms that we could do something high-concept, really visual, cross-genre, sort of an action and special effects bonanza, but funny as well. There will definitely be a humorous element to it as well. So we wrote this treatment revolving around the Scott Lang character, who was a burglar, so he could have gone slightly in the Elmore Leonard route, and they came back saying, "Oh, we wanted to do something that was like a family thing." I don't think it ever got sent to Marvel. So then about two years ago I met Kevin Feige and Ari here and they said, "Are you interested in any Marvel titles?" and I said, "Weirdly enough, I did something for you," [At this point, writer Joe Cornish walks into the room with a camera, because he's also the official Hot Fuzz "blogographer."]…so we basically said, "Do you want to read the thing that we did three years ago?" So they read it and that's kind of the basis for what we're working on.

SHH!: So Marvel contacted you later about Ant-Man?
Wright: No, not specifically about Ant-Man. I just brought it up because they asked me if I was interested in any Marvel titles, and I had written a treatment for Ant-Man three years ago, but that was the first they had ever heard of it.

SHH!: Did you end getting the exact same call and the exact same meeting a second time?
Wright: No, I just met them here at the Comic-Con for a general meeting, talking about Marvel Comics, and the fact that they were just really intrigued that they had no idea that I had written a treatment for Ant-Man.

SHH!: I think it's interesting that the Ant-Man you knew and grew up with was the Scott Lang one, since most people I would think know the one who hung with the Wasp in "Tales to Astonish."
Wright: Well, the thing is that what we want to do, the idea that we have for the adaptation is to actually involve both. Is to have a film that basically is about Henry Pym and Scott Lang, so you actually do a prologue where you see Pym as Ant-Man in action in the 60's, in sort of "Tales to Astonish" mode basically, and then the contemporary, sort of flash-forward, is Scott Lang's story, and how he comes to acquire the suit, how he crosses paths with Henry Pym, and then, in an interesting sort of Machiavellian way, teams up with him. So it's like an interesting thing, like the "Marvel Premiere" one that I read which is Scott Lang's origin, it's very brief like a lot of those origin comics are, and in a way, the details that are skipped through in the panels and the kind of thing we'd spend half an hour on.

SHH!: Obviously, you're going to need a lot of ants, so are you going to hire an ant wrangler or get into the whole CGI thing?
Wright: Oh, yeah, yeah, totally. Visually, the two kind of powers… aside from the shrinking--obviously the shrinking is incredibly visual, the fact that he can shrink and enlarge, kind of mid-combat, it's not like a peril thing where he shrinks and then he's stuck there. It's not like "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" or "The Incredible Shrinking Man", he can enlarge as well. So the thing that really appealed to me, the idea of doing action scenes, fight scenes, like hand-to-hand combat scenes with a protagonist who can shrink to an inch high and still have the same punching weight, and then spring back up up mid-fight. So I think you could do some crazy Jackie Chan ***** with that.

SHH!: Some people might not think much about the character or even know about him, so is there less pressure because it's not "The Incredible Hulk" or "Spider-Man?"
Wright: Yeah, yeah, I think so in way. This is something me and Joe were talking about… [urges Joe to come over for his first ever interview]… come and join us! That's what is interesting in a way is that I think a lot of the really successful comic book adaptations, are either from books. I think "Spider-Man" and "Batman Begins" are kind of the two exceptions, but prior to that, some of the best comic book adaptations were either of lesser-known titles, like "Men in Black" or they were films that traded so much on comics without actually being an adaptation like "RoboCop" and "The Matrix," they're both kind of steeped in comic book lore. "Robocop" probably wouldn't have existed without "Judge Dredd." "The Matrix" may not have existed without a lot of Anime and stuff… or Grant Morrison. [Laughs very loudly at his own joke.]

SHH!: How did you two guys meet and start working together?
Wright: Well, Joe is a very talented, multi-hyphenate. Joe is like a writer and director, and can we say that you're a comedian as well?
Joe Cornish: Yeah.
Wright: And a presenter. What else?
Cornish: No, I wouldn't say presenter, but I had a TV show on just before and during "Spaced" basically.
Wright: Yeah, right around the time "Spaced" was on, Joe had a show on called "The Adam and Joe Show" which was very, very funny indeed and very sharp. We kind of met around that time and became really good friends and always wanted to write something together.

SHH!: I can guess that you're a comics fan, so do you just come at this from your comics background?
Cornish: Yeah, pretty much, absolutely, and just like Edgar, a complete movie, pop culture fanatic basically. Just to get the chance to do Ant-Man is just amazing.
Wright: You like the films, and you like the music… and we both like ants.
Cornish: I like the films and comics, anything that doesn't take too much effort… and we're obsessed with ants.

SHH!: You're going to have to like ants, because you're going be spending a lot of time with them.
Wright: I'm going to have ants… no, I'm not going to say "ants in the pants"… too obvious.

SHH!: Do they even have ants in England?
Wright: Do we have ants in England?!? [by now, Nick Frost has joined us intrigued by the ant conversation]
Cornish: We have many species.
Nick Frost: That's a joke, right?
Wright: I'm not sure we have Fire Ants. No.
Frost: No.
Cornish: No, we have completely different species of ants
Wright: Nick Frost is going to name them.
Frost: I think they just go from "Ant 1" to "Ant 30" and then they… [breathes out in an exasperated way from being put on the spot like that] I never felt so low.
[Wright laughs at this and they begin playing table hockey with the microphone.]

SHH!: Since we're talking about comic books, what is going on with the "Shaun of the Dead" comic book that IDW did?
Wright: We didn't really… the truth of it, with some of the spin-off things, you can't necessarily say "no" to people doing stuff, because with some kind of rights of merchandise, it's out of your hands. In the case with IDW, they wanted to do it, and we basically said we would do it as long as we could have approval on it basically, and I have to say they did a really cool job. I thought that Zach Harris' artwork was great, was really cool. So it was interesting. I always found adaptations of films were kind of weird. When I was a kid, I never used to like reading the film adaptations like "Star Wars." It felt kind of odd. In the case of "Shaun," it was almost kind of like… [Wright gets distracted when Kornish pulls out some DVDs.] What is that? Oh, no way, they're out already? That's brilliant!

SHH!: Are you still interested in doing comic stuff?
Wright: It's difficult time-wise. Simon is really interested in writing something original and stuff, but it's just finding the time, really.

Since Ant-Man is probably a year or two away, you can check out Edgar Wright's work in Shaun of the Dead, currently out on DVD, or Hot Fuzz, which opens here on March 9, 2007.

Source: HERE
Sounds very cool! Potentially excellent!

I was initially disappointed a few months back when they announced it was going to be a full-fledged comedy...glad to see their treating it a bit more respectful.

Personally, i would prefer Pym be partnered with The Wasp in the first movie...maybe save Lang for a future installment...but i can live with a "buddy" flick as well.

Sounds like Wright has a good grasp on things. When is this movie slated to be released?
Howdy people *tips hat* Llama here from

I'll be updating the site as I get more information on 'Ant-Man' so keep checking back if you're interested!

P.S. Thanks for posting my site up, Advanced Dark. Appreciated :)
Welcome to the hype.

Cool. No problem. Should result in a big boost in activity from us maniacs here for you.
I actually looking forward to this one. Shaun of the Dead was hilarious.
CaptainStacy said:
Sounds very cool! Potentially excellent!

I was initially disappointed a few months back when they announced it was going to be a full-fledged comedy...glad to see their treating it a bit more respectful.

Then again, it's ANT-MAN!! How serious can they make it?!?
the Ant-man has never really catch my interest in the books. But if Edgar Wright is directing it... i´m SO there :)
It should be a solid action films but the concept alone lends itself to comedic moments of course. Indiana Jones films were largely action adventure films but the scenes had comedy woven into them perfect and there were laugh out loud moments in all the films. Not that ant-man and Indy are on the same scale though.
I have to admit, reading his interview on the Hype! pretty much gave me the support in Wright that I lacked before. Sure Shaun Of The Dead was entertaining, but Antman is as far away from it you could get. I just hope Pym doesnt get shoved off simply because Lang makes for a more interesting tale. Lets not forget, Pym is quite possibly the most screwed up hero in all of Marveldom, not including his infamous wife beating moment. I'd much prefer to see them interact with one another rather than simply having Pym be a hero from the 60s.
Didn't Wright say that Lang was basically going to be stealing the character of Ant-man from Pym and his technology?
I always liked Pym as Yellowjacket and Scott Lang was Ant-Man for me.
These Shaun guys were born to do this. When I learned that Wright was going to direct a few months ago I said to myself:"no way this is happening, it`s too cool, too perfect". I`m predicting this is going to be a wild movie. What they should do is make the transition from Pym to Lang but don`t kill Pym because he could be used in the Avengers film.

But I like the fact that Pym was Ant-Man in the 60s. That way even if you kill him and Lang becomes Ant-Man, then Marvel could always do Pym stories in the 60s, not necesseraly as Ant-Man but as this crazy scientist that invents things every nights and get into trouble: finding shrinking molecules first, using them and then realised he`s surrounded by insects! Then he experiments with it and now he found the ability to grow! Pym and a colleague work on a cyborg progect, his colleague wants his experiments for himself, tries to kill Pym, but it`s him that is killed. Pym then use his colleague brain patterns to creat the perfect cyborg and he unleashes Ultron on the World! Hey you could even title these movies "Tales to Astonish!". How`s that for continuity?
I hope they use Janet for the love interest if there is one.

A hint at little Cassie would be the icing.
It's good to see there's a lot of support for Edgar already with this project. I must admit, my knowledge of the story of Ant-Man is minimal so I'll be trying to gather as much information as I can before it's released.

For those still unsure as to what the angle is going to be here's a snippet from a recent interview (which you can find on the site, as always):

Q: With Ant-Man, what’s going to be the take? Avi Arad has told me it’s going to be pretty serious.

Wright: No, it’s going to have a comedic element to it. When it was first announced they made it sound like it was going to be a Men In Tights type of comedy, and that’s the last thing… I want a kick-ass kind of action adventure that’s really imaginative that takes the amazing premise of a shrinking hero and runs with it.

So not a full blown comedy... more a tongue-in-cheek action film. I have absolute faith in Edgar and Joe (Cornish), they're both very intelligent and sharp writers and I'm interested to see what Edgar comes up with directing-wise with all the shrinking and the like.

Advanced Dark said:
Welcome to the hype.

Cool. No problem. Should result in a big boost in activity from us maniacs here for you.

KenK said:
Then again, it's ANT-MAN!! How serious can they make it?!?

Pretty serious. Let me refer you to the Avengers comicbook, issues #161, and #275 for excellent examples of both Pym and Lang's intensity, resourcefulness, and ability to kick all kinds of ass.
Im with Cap on that one. Ant-man for the most part has been a pretty serious character. This sounds a lot like Kirkman's new Ant-man series with Pym and Lang involved.
CaptainStacy said:
Pretty serious. Let me refer you to the Avengers comicbook, issues #161, and #275 for excellent examples of both Pym and Lang's intensity, resourcefulness, and ability to kick all kinds of ass.

275 was when Lang and Wasp beat up Titannia and Absorbing Man right?Yea that was pretty kickass.
Hey Llama,

You gonna be a regular poster here and update us here on what you find as wells as your site??? If you have any updates or snipets on Hot Fuzz throw it here too.
GNR4Life said:
275 was when Lang and Wasp beat up Titannia and Absorbing Man right?Yea that was pretty kickass.

Correct. And #161 shows Pym taking on the Avengers, and pretty much kicking their collectives butts (Iron Man, Captain America, Wonderman, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Beast, Black Panther)...
I think a little tongue in cheek is necessary for this one, just by the concept and name alone. As long as they balance it with the right amount of action and emotion it should be fine....and judging by how perfectly these same guys did this exact thing in Shaun of the Dead, I have no doubt they'll accomplish the same here.

So, heh.... anyone else here hopin' that this film spurs Marvel to ressurect Scott Lang? :o

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