Adam McKay – who was called in for rewrites – insists that the new script for Marvel’s Ant-Man has more aggression and more action that what Edgar Wright (who was working on the project for eight years) was intending. Although, “aggression” is pretty subjective in terms of context, the comment on “extra action” could, perhaps, hint at some of the problems Marvel had with Joe Cornish’s and Wright’s script.
Speaking to Collider, McKay also revealed Paul Rudd’s part in writing the new material: “I’ve always known Paul Rudd’s a really good writer from improvising with him on set, but I had no idea he was that good – he’s really great with dialogue. So the two of us holed up in hotel rooms on the east and west coast, and I think it was like six to eight weeks we just ground it out and did a giant rewrite of the script. I was really proud of what we did, I really thought we put some amazing stuff in there and built on an already strong script from Edgar Wright and sort of just enhanced some stuff.”
McKay also noted that a lot of the work originally penned by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish would make its way to the screen in some way: “There’s a lot of dialogue and character still in there…. we just tried to streamline it, make it cleaner, make it a little bigger, a little more aggressive, make it funnier in places.”
McKay noted that his relationship with Wright initially made him reluctant to get involved in the movie: “I’m friends with Edgar and I didn’t know what the story was, and then when I kind of heard what happened.”
How much detail he knows about the circumstances of Wright’s departure isn’t clear, but whatever McKay isn’t revealing how much he knows about the circumstances surrounding Wright’s departure, and what he does knows, he ain’t telling. But he did have this to say: “This whole situation is horribly unpleasant, I think, with all kinds of talented people getting caught out in the spotlight when, if it happens at all, this kind of thing should be happening in private. And there I go, turning up the lights again by writing this.”
Paul Rudd did some writing on Ant-Man, and whether or not he’ll get a credit, remains to be seen. But apparently his participation has added some more comedic elements to the character of Scott Lang and the overall re-writes were done to make the film cleaner, bigger, more aggressive and funny.
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