Half a day after it was reported that "Anchorman" director Adam McKay was in talks to take over Marvel's "Ant-Man," McKay has now pulled out of negotiations at the last minute.
Talks began in earnest yesterday, but it wasn't until today that McKay opted out. He tweeted: "yes, met w/Marvel. Kirby & Lee r my Lennon Mccartney so it was awesome. But have other projects I'm committed to. Not sure it can work."
The hunt for a replacement for the departed Edgar Wright now connotes. Rawson Marshall Thurber ("Dodgeball") and Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland") were both said to be frontrunners for the project, but haven't entered talks as yet. McKay's departure now apparently pushes Thurber back into the lead.
Fleischer meanwhile may be moving towards another project - Sony's proposed "Ghostbusters" reboot which the studio is reportedly considering him for. However, that project is a long way off.