Co-Writer Joe Cornish Says Ant-Man Script Is Still Being Revised
07.10.11 by BJSprecher
Comic book movie fans were elated when Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), announced back in April that he and co-writer Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had finally finished the long-awaited second draft of their planned Ant-Man adaptation for Marvel Studios. The project has been in development for five years and the completion of the draft was thought to be a sign that the movie might soon go into production.
Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case. Even though Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige called the script the "best draft yet" last month, it apparely still wasn't good enough because Cornish recently revealed to IAmRogue that he and Wright were back to work on the script, "just drafting and drafting." Cornish also explained that he is "just a humble writer" on Ant-Man and would not be co-directing with Wright.
Ant-Man is based on the classic Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby that first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27, published in January 1962. The first Ant-Man (and current Giant-Man) is Henry "Hank" Pym, a brilliant scientist who decided to dedicate his life to fighting injustice after his wife was murdered by the Hungarian secret police. Pym goes on to discover extremely rare subatomic particles ("Pym Particles") that he is able to harness and control to reduce his size down to that of an ant and back up to normal size (and, later, to gigantic proportions as Giant-Man). With the Pym Particles at his command, Pym becomes the costumed adventurer Ant-Man, one of the founding members of The Avengers.
It's unclear whether the Ant-Man movie will use any of this original origin story, or even Hank Pym. The only thing known about the plot of the movie thus far is what Wright said about it in August 2010, describing it as "a high-tech spy heist film with somebody with a very particular power." The character will not be appearing in The Avengers movie next year, but he will be residing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so there is potential for Ant-Man to appear in a sequel to The Avengers or in one of the other Marvel Studios movies at some point.