Earlier today, Deadline ran an interview with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield about the film The Founder that the pair produced. In the interview, Handfield was asked about upcoming projects and this is what he said:
We have a couple other things coming out, a TV series for the History Channel that's coming out called Knightfall, we have an Ant-Man film we're going to announce in the next few days, in a partnership with two other companies.
We have a couple other things coming out, a TV series for the History Channel that's coming out called Knightfall; we have an animated film we're going to announce in the next few days, in a partnership with two other companies.
The key difference there being the title Ant-Man being changed for animated. So what's really going on here? Did our esteemed competition read it wrong? I'm going to go with doubtful on that. Did Deadline transcribe the interview wrong? Possible, and most likely. Did Handfield say too much and have to have it changed? Also possible.
I doubt that whatever it is, that it has to do with Renner and Handfield producing on Ant-Man and the Wasp. Marvel isn't known for bringing in outside producers and if it were a Hawkeye movie I might buy it, but it's not. And the thing about announcing the film in the next few days… Ant-Man and the Wasp has already been announced and has a release date.
What about them producing an animated movie about Ant-Man? I think that's a little more likely. Back in October at NYCC, a series of animated shorts called Marvel's Ant-Man was announced starting Josh Keaton as Ant-Man and Melissa Rauch as Wasp. The idea was for these to run on Disney XD during 2017. They are being done by Passion Studios… which with Marvel would be two other companies. If everyone liked how they were coming out, I could see it being bumped up to an animated movie.
I guess we'll know the truth in "the next few days."
Updated – Our Bill Watters got a hold of Don Handfield and asked about the change in the quote. Handfield replied:
Hey Bill — I corrected that with the reporter of Deadline. It was a misquote. I said ANIMATED FILM, not Ant Man film. In the reporters defense it was a phone call and I have a Virginia accent. The project I was referring to is this, which was announced a few days later: Imaginary Friend. Would love to one day produce a Marvel film but Kevin Fiege and his amazing team are doing pretty darn good without us.
So no Ant-Man producing in the immediate future for Renner and Handfield.