'Fuzz' director's new projects draw on comics

by Matthew Price Published: August 31, 2007
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Director Edgar Wright, who delivered one of the year's best films in "Hot Fuzz,” could visit the world of comics with two of his upcoming projects.

In a recent interview promoting the DVD release of "Hot Fuzz,” Wright also shared information about "Ant-Man” and "Scott Pilgrim.”

Wright's "Ant-Man” film would be based on a treatment Wright wrote circa 2001 that focuses on the Scott Lang Ant-Man, who was the second character to wear the costume.

Scott Lang was an electronics-savvy ex-con who stole the Ant-Man costume and shrinking capsules after his daughter, Cassie, became seriously ill. Using the capsules, Lang rescued a doctor who could cure his daughter. He attempted to turn himself in after his daughter was cured, but Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, encouraged Lang to keep the costume — and to stay on the side of the law.

As Ant-Man, Scott can collapse the molecules of his body and shrink to about 1 inch tall. His cybernetic helmet allows him to communicate with nearby insects.

"I suppose when I was a little kid, I had the ‘Marvel Premiere,' which was the Scott Lang origin,” Wright said. "I remember that I'd bought that. But I'd read back issues with the Henry Pym story and the back issues of him.”

Wright said he'd keep "Ant-Man” a solo adventure and not bring in the Avengers — Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and others — who have frequently worked with Ant-Man.

"It's impossible in a two-hour film to tell ‘The Avengers' with any sort of perspective, really,” Wright said. "Something like X-Men or Fantastic Four — that's a lot of ground to cover in one feature film, even three feature films. So, I think I'd rather focus on something with one character.”

Wright's other comic-related project, "Scott Pilgrim,” is based on the series of graphic novels by Canadian Bryan O'Malley. Scott Pilgrim is a slacker 20-something in a band who falls for Ramona Flowers.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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