After the B.O. disappointment of SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD, will ANT-MAN still get made?
$10, 525, 000. That's the estimate for the fifth-place-finishing SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD. Edgar Wright's adaptation of the Brian Lee O'Malley graphic novel is an exhilarating modern movie marvel brimming over with Atari love and rock n' roll heat. But apparently, YOU didn't go see it this weekend. So do yourself a favor, invite everyone you know, and get your ass to a movie theater. Especially if you want to see ANT-MAN, directed by the man who not only brought you a landmark film this past weekend, but a dude who also directed the classic horror-comedy SHAUN OF THE DEAD; HOT FUZZ wasn't too shabby either.
Check out what Edgar Wright has planned for the tiniest Avenger in a recent interview with Vanity Fair. Hopefully, he'll still get to make it.
Wright sees ANT-MAN as a kind of miniature super spy, instead of a man in peril fighting a giant bee. He told Vanity Fair the following:
"I know there’s a big stigma attached to it, mostly because every movie about shrinking has been about people in peril. I think it’d be great to do a shrinking film about a bad-ass secret agent...Even something like The Incredible Shrinking Man, which is a fantastic film, is about a guy in trouble. But this is going to be nothing like that. It’s essentially a high-tech spy heist film with somebody with a very particular power."
Sounds great, but unfortunately if ANT-MAN does get made at this point, it'll be the first spy film where the spy can hardly afford the gadgets he uses. Expect the budget to be slashed in half if it has any hopes of seeing the light of a projector anytime soon. With a second tier character and a director coming off a risky (bold), low-performing (people suck) comic book adaptation, this is going to be a tough sell.
Will we see an Edgar Wright ANT-MAN movie? Let's start a Facebook fan page thingy to get Betty White to co-star! Then it's in the bag!