Marvel Studios has to move fast on hiring a director for Ant-Man if they want to make their July 17th, 2015 release date. THR has a list of three directors that the studio is currently looking at to replace Edgar Wright in the director's chair.
According to their sources, the three directors are Rawson Thurber, Adam McKay, and Ruben Fleischer. Thurber has directed film such as We're the Millers and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, McKay is the man behind the Anchorman movies, and Fleischer has given us films such as Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less, and Gangster Squad.
None of them really match the power of what Wright could have brought to the movie, and in my opinion they are all a step down. This really makes me wish that James Gunn rumor had been true.
Marvel is obviously still looking for a comedic tone, so they are going after directors with that experience. I just don't think any of them have the finesse that Wright brings to his films. I guess if I had to make a choice I would choose Fleischer because out of all of the films that these directors have made, Zombieland is my favorite.
McKay might have the edge, though, because he's worked with Paul Rudd on his Anchorman films, so there's familiarity there. I could see Rudd trying to lobby for McKay to get the gig.
Nothing is set in stone yet, and no official offers have been made, but of these three choices, who would you like to see land the job?