Edgar Wright will no longer be directing Ant-Man, Marvel’s planned adaptation with Paul Rudd in the lead role. The unfortunate turn of events comes after certain creative differences placed barriers between Wright and the studios.
Here’s what Marvel had to say regarding the news:
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.
As you read, Marvel still expects to have the film ready for release on July 17, 2015, but we won’t be surprised if the date is pushed back.
Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and The World’s End, had been attached to the film for years, and was even in talks with Marvel back in 2006 – before Iron Man turned Marvel into the cinematic juggernaut it is today. Wright was not only directing the film, but he had also co-written the screenplay with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). So, what exactly went wrong?
Rumours are beginning to surface as to the reasons behind the split, suggesting that a rewrite may be to blame. Here’s what Latino Review had as an explanation:
6 weeks ago Marvel took the script off them [Wright and Cornish] and gave the writing assignment to two very low credit writers. One of the writers was 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.
We won’t know the whole truth until Disney, Marvel Entertainment or Wright himself reveals it, and that may never happen. It’s disappointing news for fans of Wright, but, if the rumours are true, there’s a big amount respect due to him if he decided not to sell-out his vision. Here’s what Simon Pegg Tweeted after the news:
Incredibly proud of my friend @edgarwright, this morning as I am always.
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) May 24, 2014
We’ll let you know as soon as we know anything else.