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ANT-MAN Begins Production

After much hoopla

By Robert T. Trate     August 18, 2014
Source: Walt Disney/ Marvel Entertainment


Ant-Man is scheduled to arrive in theaters July 17th, 2014.
© EW/ Marvel
After all the hoopla and behind-the-scenes issues, Marvel Entertainment and Disney have announced that production for Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man is now under way. The release date is still the same. Let us all hope that Marvel still has plenty of magic left to pull this project out of development hell and up into a Guardians of the Galaxy atmosphere. Check out the full press release with all the details below! 

Press Release: Marvel Studios began principal photography today in San Francisco, California, on its newest Super Hero franchise Marvel’s “Ant-Man.” The film brings one of Marvel comics’ original founding members of The Avengers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The production also shoots on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production.
 
Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.
 
The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).
 
Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
 
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
 
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.  
 
Director Peyton Reed’s creative team also includes Oscar® winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (“Titanic,” “21”), production designer Sheppard Frankel (“Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses”) costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (“X-Men: First Class,” “Kick Ass”), visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” “The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”), stunt coordinator Jeff Habberstad (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and six-time Oscar® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudik (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”).  The editors include Dan Lebental, ACE (Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” Marvel’s “Iron Man”) and Colby Parker Jr. (“Lone Survivor,” “Hancock”).
 
Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015, Marvel’s “Captain America 3” on May 6, 2016, and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” on July 28, 2017.  
 
Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success in 2014 with more record-breaking films including the #1 releases of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which recorded the largest April opening of all time at $95 million and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which recorded the largest August opening of all time with $94.1 million. Both films were the #1 film in the world when they were released on April 4, 2014 and August 1, 2014, respectively.
 
In 2013 Marvel Studios delivered #1 openings for Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which grossed over $640 million worldwide and Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” which grossed over $1.2 billon worldwide and was the highest grossing film of the calendar year.
 
In 2012 the studio produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marked the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.
 
In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with Marvel’s “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 Marvel’s “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.
 
In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies Marvel’s “Iron Man” and Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk.” Marvel’s “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally donned the Super Hero’s powerful armor and starred alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success.
 
Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend.  On June 13, 2008, Marvel released Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

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reek 8/18/2014 12:16:39 PM

 I'm sure this will be a fun, entertaining movie, but I still wish they were doing a proper Hank Pym story.  It doesn't seem to wise to start telling a story in the middle.  

VioLatorr 8/18/2014 1:37:31 PM

 Not a big fan of Ant-Man. Maybe cuz it's always been hard for me to buy into the fact that a suit can shrink and grow along w/ the man (especially the metallic parts?)....... lol, i know i know, but that's just the nerd in me nitpicking at details that bother me for some reason. Im sure it'll be another Marvelous movie. 

CaptAmerica04 8/18/2014 2:27:35 PM

I'm still really worried that they are aiming to make this more comedy than action or sci-fi film.  There's a lot of potential in Ant-Man, and the choice of cast and director really makes me nervous.

I AM, however, glad to see that they are bringing back John Slattery, presumably to play Howard Stark in a flashback or two.  I like seeing tie-ins to other films like that.

 

monkeyfoot 8/18/2014 4:15:33 PM

Quiet on the set......aaaaaannnnd - ACTION!

Eldogg42 8/18/2014 6:46:41 PM

 Yeah, aiming this to be more of comedy is probably a bad idea.  Look what it did to GotG.  That was a flop.  Oh wait... Its breaking records.  I'm sure they will iron out all the kinks in this movie before anyone sees it.  Marvel has a reputation to think of at this point.  They can't afford to have a blunder, especially when it comes to one of the REAL founding members of the Avengers.

Shogunn2517 8/18/2014 7:28:33 PM

 Actually, Dogg, Marvel CAN afford to have a blunder.  Everything they've done has found some level of success.  Not saying this will or won't but they do have leeway.  I don't much mind them going with Lang instead of Pym.  Actually more concerned what this means for Wasp instead.  Do they use her at all or will it be Hope instead of Janet?

blankczech 8/18/2014 7:52:21 PM

 Disney bought Marvel and Lucas Films because they wanted their characters...who came complete with a built in mythology and an avid fan base.  You can pretend this movie stuff is about Marvel and DC but in reality  the players are Disney and Time Warner and the stakes are a lot bigger now than they were back in the days when it was about moving 100,000 copies of a comic book.

Dazzler 8/19/2014 4:04:53 AM

I am wondering if they are trying to make a flop on purpose?  Just to see how stupid the audience is?  Which the overall public is.  Does not explain Green Lantern flop really.  Maybe a release date by itself with no type of compition is the way to go.  July dates worry me for this movie. 

ElBaz13 8/19/2014 9:30:28 AM

No Dazzler, Fox are the ones trying to make a flop on purpose for next July.

redvector 8/19/2014 11:12:48 AM

 Even if the FF is a flop Fox will shoehorn them into the X-Men franchise. They get to keep the rights without putting out a FF movie every few years. It wouldn't me surprise at all if that were to happen. They don't have to use all of them to retain the rights, just one character. Unless the rights contract stipulated that they're obliged to keep them as package deal and not split them up.

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