Edgar Wright Leaves Ant-Man Production
In a shock turn of events, Edgar Wright has parted ways with Marvel, after spending the best part of eight years planning what was to be the film debut of comic Avenger Ant-Man.
Marvel’s official statement cited creative differences between itself and Wright, who had co-written the screenplay with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). A recent report from Latino-Review, though, suggests that after such a lengthy battle in getting the film on track, Marvel ultimately had concerns with the script and ordered rewrites to facilitate their own vision. With a story that no longer resembles Wright and Cornish’s true vision, however, things came to an unfortunate end.
It’s such a bizarre parting of ways after all this time and for now still makes little sense, given that Marvel surely knew what they were getting themselves into with Wright. It’s a shame that we won’t get to see what the Shaun of the Dead/Scott Pilgrim director had up his sleeve, although it would seem difficult to believe that Marvel wouldn’t use the majority of what was already written.
Either way, this could end up being Marvel Studios’ first disaster since taking off in 2006, with just 14 months to go until the film’s planned release and no new director locked down. With the cast of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Corey Stoll and Michael Pena still in place, let’s hope the studio gets it together sharp and not put out their equivalent of X-Men 3: The Last Stand on July 17th 2015.