Film-The Big Short

~Matt Key

In an interview with Collider, Adam McKay, legendary writer of iconic comedies such as Anchorman and Talledega Nights, discussed his approach to the Ant-Man project. First of all, Paul Rudd is the one who brought him in. In McKay’s words, “(Rudd) called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on… I was a little dubious just because I’m friends with Edgar and I didn’t know what the story was, and then I kind of heard what happened, that Edgar had parted ways, and then I saw their material and I was like, ‘God, this is pretty cool.'” 

In talking about the script itself, and his accomplishments on it, he had this to say, “(Rudd and I) built on an already strong script from Edgar Wright and just sort of enhanced some stuff. We added some new action beats. I grew up on Marvel Comics, so the geek in me was in Heaven. That I got to add a giant action sequence to the movie!”

But how much of Mr. Wright’s original script remains. Of that question, McKay said, “There’s a lot that’s already in there from what Edgar did, there’s a lot of dialogue and character still in there. We just shaped the whole thing, we just tried to streamline it, make it cleaner, make it a little bigger, a little more aggressive, make it funnier in places – we just basically did a rewrite. Edgar had a really good script. “

So, for those of you worried that Edgar Wright’s script is being ripped apart, here you have it from the mouth of the writer himself! Seems like the project is in good hands, different hands, but good hands all the same…


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