The search is over, and as widely speculated, Marvel Studios has tapped a comedy director to direct Ant-Man, due for a July 17, 2015 release. The search began when Edgar Wright unexpectedly left the project in May, and focused solely on directors with a comedy background. Marvel Studios made the announcement themselves on Marvel.com.
Another candidate for the spot, Adam McKay, has also been brought onto the project, to help with script rewrites. Wright was the primary writer (with Joe Cornish) on the earlier version, and reportedly left the project due to suggested re-writes from Marvel Studios executives.
Peyton Reed’s resumé doesn’t hold a lot of action on it. An alum of Upright Citizens Brigade, the director handled Bring it On as his feature debut in 2000. Since then, he’s directed a few other feature films, three episodes of New Girl, and is in pre-production on the adaptation of Dark Horse graphic novel The Fifth Beatle. McKay is most well-known for the Anchorman films, in which Paul Rudd, starring in Ant-Man as Scott Lang, also starred.