The Internet essentially exploded when word broke that Edgar Wright had dropped out of Marvel’s Ant-Man following the better part of a decade in development. So what’s the real story?
The folks at Latino Review claim to know the finer points behind Wright’s mysterious exit, and it allegedly revolved around a massive rewrite that Marvel pushed forward that made too many changes to Wright’s vision for the project.
Considering the fact that the script has been sitting around since around the same time the first Iron Man came out, we could see where some tweaks would be required to fit it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe — but apparently Marvel was making wholesale changes to the story Wright wanted to tell.
Here’s the choice excerpt:
About 3 months ago, Marvel had notes. The meat of the notes were about the core morality of the piece, must include franchise characters. etc., These notes came from the big four at Marvel. Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright did two drafts to try and answer the notes without compromising their vision … 6 weeks ago Marvel took the script off them and gave the writing assignment to two very low credit writers. One of the writers were from Marvel's in house writing team. Edgar stayed cool, agreed to stay on the project, and read the draft.
The script came in this week and was completely undone. Poorer, homogenized, and not Edgar's vision. Edgar met with Marvel on Friday to formally exit and the announcement went out directly after … Edgar & Joe were upset by the sudden, out of nowhere lack of faith in them as filmmakers. Fiege had always batted for them but this felt like it came from the higher ups.
This version of the story makes as much sense as anything else floating around, alongside theories that the project was too big for Wright and other rumblings that he was behind schedule and production was bleeding cash. Again, until someone actually opens up, they’re all just rumors at this point.
Though no one directly involved in the production has much to say about it at this point, fellow Marvel director James Gunn took a break from polishing Guardians of the Galaxy to offer up a few thoughts on breakups. It’s actually a touching take on things:
Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other? But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy. Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.
It’s easy to try to make one party “right” and another party “wrong” when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.
And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.
Lastly, we’ll move on to the only thing Wright has actually said, in the form of a quickly deleted tweet that pretty much tells the story. The pic was a Cornetto-fied shot of silent-film-era director Buster Keaton, who famously regretted leaving his independent career for a tightly controlled contract with MGM. Wright labeled the pic “selfie.” Hmm.
Regardless of the specifics of how this all played out, we’re sad that after all this time we won’t get a chance to see Wright’s vision of Ant-Man. Instead, it sounds like we’re likely getting a half-baked mishmash of Wright’s script and a late-in-the-game rewrite.
We’re extremely anxious to see who takes this thing over. Hey, Brett Ratner’s probably available, right?