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Adam McKay not directing Ant-Man

Filmmaker Adam McKay will not be directing the Ant-Man movie after all, it has been reported.

The Anchorman director was tipped to take the helm of the superhero film after Edgar Wright dropped out, but according to Variety he has now pulled out of talks himself.

Adam was thought to be among several contenders to direct the film, which will star Anchorman's Paul Rudd, but he had been in "advanced" negotiations.

After the news broke, the Hollywood Reporter revealed Adam's Twitter response: " 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."

British filmmaker Edgar exited Ant-Man in May.

He and the studio, Marvel, released a joint statement saying they had differences over their vision for the film and had made an "amicable" decision to part ways. It was later reported that Edgar quit the film due to clashes with Marvel over the script.

The movie, adapted from the Ant-Man comics, features Hugh Pym (Michael Douglas) who invents a way of shrinking himself to the size of an insect. His breakthrough is taken up by reformed thief Scott Lang (Paul) years later, and he becomes the superhero character.

Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson also have roles in Ant-Man, which is due to be released in cinemas on July 17, 2015.

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