After eight years, director Edgar Wright is suddenly, shockingly, no longer working on Marvel's Ant-Man movie.
A statement issued today by Marvel said this:
“Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”
According to Variety, Marvel has actually already chosen Wright's successor but has yet to reveal who it is.
One of the most fan-friendly directors in the business, with films like Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The World's End on his resume, Wright has been working on Ant-Man for eight years as a screenwriter (with Joe Cornish) and director. It was one of the very first projects Marvel Studios announced when the company launched in 2006, and Wright was attached from the very beginning. He even brought test footage to Comic-Con in 2012 to give fans an idea of what he was aiming for.
Wright is not the first director Marvel has parted with before a movie began production, but how do you discover that you have a different vision of the film after eight years of developing it? And what was it about Wright's vision that the studio suddenly didn't agree with?
Certainly not all of Wright's imprint will disappear. It's probably too late for Marvel to commission a whole new script, and the actors that the filmmaker chose -- Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, along with Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson -- are already in place as well.
But this definitely feels like a major wrench in what had been, for the past several years, the smoothly running Marvel machine. Are you disappointed that Wright won't be making Ant-Man after all? What does this portend for the film?