Ant-Man and the Wasp is a sequel to 2015’s superhero film Ant-Man. Peyton Reed directed both Marvel superhero films. Other movies he has directed include Bring it On, The Break-Up, and Yes Man.
ACTION MOVIE DIRECTOR PEYTON REED
Ant-Man and the Wasp is an amazingly choreographed action movie. Peyton’s experience on Bring It On shows in the well filmed fight scenes and chase sequences.
At a press conference for Ant-Man and the Wasp, Peyton was asked what the most daunting sequence to film was. He replied, “The most daunting sequence. There were a lot of daunting sequences. Because we really wanted to set out and go nuts with the Pym Particle technology in this movie.”
PYM PARTICLE PARTY
“And it occurred to us at some point, well, maybe it’s not just Ant-Man and Wasp who can shrink and grow. What if it were vehicles, buildings and other things. And we really wanted to go nuts with it. But what that did was create some real technical challenges.”
“So, I think maybe the biggest is, ah, we did a whole car chase that took us through the city of San Francisco. And we wanted to do a chase that you just simply wouldn’t see in any other movie because of all the size changes. So, that was probably the biggest challenge.”
THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO
Then Peyton was asked about closing down streets in San Francisco during the film shoot. He started to explain but got sidetracked by Michael Douglas’ filmography. “Well, something we thought about a lot, because when we decided we want to spend more time in the streets of San Francisco, sorry, Michael [LAUGHTER]. We — [APPLAUSE] I did it, I did it.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp cast members Paul Rudd and Laurence Fishburne showed their appreciation for the title drop. Paul declaring, “Out of the gate, too.” And Laurence adding, “Well done.”
SAN FRANCISCO JOINS THE CAST
Getting back to the subject of filming, Peyton said, “We wanted to do all these very specific things and make San Francisco a character in the movie. But utilize the city and make this chase specific to that city. So, the landmarks, things like Lombard Street. But then, it occurred to us, oh, we might not be allowed to do that. But thankfully the city of San Francisco was so cooperative. And we really had free range to do some of the craziest things imaginable in that city.”
FAMILY FRIENDLY HUMOR & GREAT EDITING
Later, Peyton and the other writers were congratulated on the family friendly nature of the film’s humor. That is often not the case for movies in the Marvel cinematic universe. Peyton was then asked about the films pacing. Specifically, the fast paced third act, which cuts between multiple characters.
Peyton started, “Oh, thank you, yeah. Well, first of all, we had two incredibly talented editors, Dan Lebental and Craig Wood. They’re supremely talented and we’ve worked with them before. And we knew that sequence, we were going to be crosscutting, as you said, between the chase and [SPOILER] and both inform the other one. And it’s just a matter of like going through the whole process of, how tight can we make it?”
“Shifting things around and you always have a plan going in. And we were really meticulous in the way we planned it. But then you get in the editing room, you discover things and it’s a whole other part of the process. And what if we put this here and did this? And having to build, so it’s just constantly refining the thing and it’s, and we wanted it to be as tight as possible.”
THE ANT-MAN PHILOSOPHY
“We always had this Ant-Man philosophy on the first movie and on this one. I always wanted these movies to be under two hours. Firstly, because they’re comedies and secondly because the first one’s sort of a heist movie and this is still sort of a crime/science fiction/Elmore Leonard novel, as a Marvel movie thing and it needed to have a lot of forward momentum.”
SAN FRANCISCO FILM STUDY
“And we looked at a lot of things, you know, from Bullitt, the Steve McQueen movie and of course, What’s Up, Doc?, the Bogdanovich movie, which has the most insane [LAUGHS] chase scenes through San Francisco. These were big inspirations to the movie. But thank you for saying that. Yeah, because it was trying to get everything to work and be as tight as possible, was important.”
MORE ANT-MAN AND THE WASP
At the same press conference, Peyton was asked if he has been in talks to direct a third film in the series. He responded, “Well, we never know if there’s going to be a next one. It’s always a mystery. We can be hopeful. I know there are other stories that I would love to tell with these characters.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp hit theaters July 6, 2018. Adam Gotsis Authentic Jersey