It seemed improbable that Ant-Man was heading into production anytime soon, especially since director Edgar Wright has already announced principle photography will begin on The World's End, his trilogy ending collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, sometime this September. He is then set to follow that up immediately with The Night Stalker starring Johnny Depp.
Ant-Man could possibly shoot this year says Edgar Wright
So when Kevin Feige revealed yesterday that two as-yet-unnamed Marvel franchise movies were going to be announced soon, most assumed that this upcoming tie-in to Marvel's The Avengers was not going to be appearing on that impending production slate.
Now, though, if we are to believe Edgar Wright himself, Ant-Man is one of those two impending Marvel stand-alone adventures. First, he gave the Empire Podcase this quote.
"Things are happening, and other things are happening on other things as well. There's some interesting plates spinning and I ideally hope I'll be shooting this year."
/film then reached out to Edgar Wright to clarify that he was indeed talking about shooting Ant-Man this year, not just The World's End. The director confirmed that, stating the following.
"So as not to jinx things, I am going to remain spectacularly vague on this. Let's just say I hope to shoot some Ant-Man & The World's End this year.
So, it looks like he is taking a page from his The Adventures of Tintin collaborator Steven Spielberg by attempting to shoot these two movies in the same year. Its possible one or both productions could bleed into 2013. It's also possible that neither film could go before cameras at all this year.
"I get quite superstitious because I don't feel like anybody reading magazines and websites and stuff - quite understands how hard and long it takes. Because the film websites update hourly, it's like 'What's the fucking hold up? Just make it. Why isn't it coming out tomorrow?' But every film that I've made has taken like three years. Each one, it's been three years between movies. I would love for that gap to be shorter, but the truth is there - it's almost like a holding pattern. There are planes in the air and you have to figure out which one is going to land before they all crash like Die Hard 2."