The decision is said to be his alone. While talks began in earnest on Friday, it wasn't until today that the man behind both Anchorman comedies decided it was a bad idea to get tangled up with Marvel Studios.
The director search now continues, as Marvel is desperate to hold onto this Phase Three adventure's July 2015 release date. Rawson Marshall Thurber, known for the comedy hits Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and We're the Millers, and Ruben Fleischer, the man behind hits Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, were both said to be frontrunners for the project, but they never entered into talks.
Its believed that Ruben Fleischer refused to take on the project so that he could spend more time with his wife and newborn before climbing into the director's seat of the Ghostbusters reboot. Sony Pictures has not confirmed that as true as of yet, and he may still be in the running for Ant-Man. Though, with Adam McKay now out completely, that pushes Rawson Marshall Thurber back into the lead.
Might we suggest Bobcat Goldthwait? No, seriously...
Expect to see some more names thrown about very shortly.
Ant-Man comes to theaters July 17th, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Clifton Collins Jr., Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Corey Stoll.