Director Adam McKay is rumored to have landed the job of helming Marvel Studio’s adaptation of the Ant-Man comic.

Adam McKay To Direct 'Ant-Man'

It had been widely reported over the weekend that Anchorman director McKay was in talks to take over directing duties for Ant-Man. The rumors claimed that he’d already signed a deal, or was very close to doing so.

After getting wind of the speculation, McKay opted to clear the air himself on Twitter. While he did meet with Marvel executives, the director claims his schedule might not allow him the time to work on the movie.

Ant-Man already has its unlikely lead in the form of Paul Rudd, and, until last week, had a director in Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Wright apparently took his leave of the project over creative differences with Marvel.

“Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film,” read Wright and Marvel’s joint statement. “The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”

In addition to Adam McKay, the two front-runners to land the Ant-Man directing gig are reportedly Rawson Thurber (We’re the Millers) and Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad and Zombieland).

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