Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Recruits 2 New Writers as Production Start Nears

Peyton Reed is directing the film, which is getting a last-minute rewrite from Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer

“Die In a Gunfight” writers Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer are in negotiations to do a quick rewrite of Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” which is gearing up to start production next month in Atlanta.

Ferrari and Barrer will do a quick production polish on the screenplay and remain on set for the duration of filming. The duo drew Marvel’s interest after their “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” feature script caught the eyes of studio executives, according to a Latino Review report that broke the “Ant-Man” news.

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Original “Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright co-wrote the initial screenplay with Joe Cornish, though the last draft was revised by Adam McKay.

It’s common for writers to stay on set during production of a big-budget movie, should the studio require tweaks on the fly. Wright and Cornish certainly weren’t going to wait around after departing the project, while McKay was also too busy to stay on set in Atlanta. If his schedule allowed for that, he probably would’ve just directed the movie. Thus, Marvel recruited two younger, cheaper writers whose past scripts have featured a similar tone to the action-comedy Marvel has in mind for “Ant-Man.”

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Peyton Reed (“Yes Man”) is directing “Ant-Man,” which Marvel’s Kevin Feige recently said would start production in August, as the studio still intends to release the film on July 17, 2015.

Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas star alongside Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson.

Ferrari and Barrer are NYU grads whose script “Die In a Gunfight” was voted to the 2010 Black List and once had Zac Efron attached to star and Anthony Mandler attached to direct. They’re represented by WME and Caliber Media Company.