Director was approached by Marvel to replace Edgar Wright

Anchorman director Adam McKay has rejected the opportunity to replace Edgar Wright as director of Marvel’s Ant-Man, according to reports.

The Hollywood Reporter states that McKay entered talks with the studio on Friday (May 30) following Wright’s departure last month. However, the talks appeared to break down almost immediately and it is known that McKay will not be involved in the project going forwards.

Tweeting about the meeting, McKay stated that his schedule did not wor with that of Marvel’s, comparing to Jack Kirby and Stan Lee to John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles.

“And 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,” he wrote.

As reported, Wright officially left the feature film of the Marvel comic book hero in May with Marvel and Wright issuing a joint statement confirming the move. It is believed that creative differences between director and studio are behind the split.

Other directors understood to be in the frame for the job include Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers) and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).