Just one day after being put on the short list for Edgar Wright replacements, "Anchorman" director Adam McKay has pulled out of "Ant-Man." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the decision was his alone.
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.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) May 31, 2014
McKay was considered after Marvel and Wright "parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their visions of the film" (according to Marvel). As Variety noted, McKay may have been considered on account of his history with Paul Rudd, who will play the titular Ant-Man.
According to THR's original report, other names on the short list include Rawson Marshall Thurber ("We're the Millers") and Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland").
If it can find itself a director, the film will premiere on July 17, 2015. Otherwise, Paul Rudd is off getting strangely buff for no reason.