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'We're the Millers' director in hot seat for 'Ant-Man' job

By AFP/RelaxnewsMovies - 04 June 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 3:36 PM

'We're the Millers' director in hot seat for 'Ant-Man' job

Marvel's search for an 'Ant-Man' director appears to be nearing its end, with Rawson Marshall Thurber of 'We're the Millers' and 'Dodgeball' thought to be the studio's preference.

Writer and director Edgar Wright ('The World's End') left the project, as reported on May 23, with Adam McKay ('Anchorman 2') entering talks to take over before stepping back from the project on May 30.

Like McKay, Thurber has Frat Pack associations, having directed Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in 2004 comedy 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story'.

And though his adaptation of Michael Chabon's 'The Mysteries of Pittsburgh' was a critical faliure, Thurber helmed 2013's "We're The Millers," which generated US$270m on a US$37m budget.

Both Thurber and 'Zombieland' director Ruben Fleischer are thought to be next on Marvel's list of candidates, but with Fleischer's wife having just given birth and 'Ant-Man' now on a tight schedule to meet its July 2015 screen date, TheWrap indicates that Thurber is a more likely fit.

His background in comedy doesn't appear to be an obstacle either, considering that both Edgar Wright, Adam McKay, and the Russo brothers of 'Captain America: Winter Soldier' built their reputation within the same genre.