The best transcripts out of Kevin Feige‘s CineEurope presentation come from Total Film. They’ve got pretty much everything he said, but what concerns us, right now, are his comments on Ant-Man and Doctor Strange.
We’ll start with Ant-Man. There’s been a lot written about the film lately, for obvious reasons, and a lot of questions hanging. Will they be rewriting the script from scratch? Will they make the promised release date?
Ant-Man is still going to come out on 17 July , we start filming this August. Edgar Wright, who I’ve known for many years, who wrote the draft with Joe Cornish – much of the movie will still be based very much on that draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point, but Peyton Reed has stepped in [to direct]… Adam McKay, a very good writer is reworking parts of the script – not the entirety of the script, but some of it – and it’s going to, we believe, come to life in the best version of Ant-Man that we could possibly make.
The best version measured against what stick exactly?
As regards Doctor Strange, Feige said that production was some way off and casting still pending.
We’re about to hire a writer to redo a draft, and we think we’ll be casting probably in the next month or two, and announcing an actor, and then we get into production in the spring of next year.
That writer is Jon Spaihts, I assume?
I expect this will be the last wave of “official comments” until Comic Con. I’m looking forward to this year’s Marvel panel for a lot of reasons but the most exciting thing, I think, is that we don’t yet know, really, what Marvel are going to announce. I expect something big, however. Something to really get the fans doing cartwheels and to… um… make up for the Ant-Man fug.