Edgar Wright Is No Longer Directing ANT-MAN
Well, this is a heartbreaker.
Variety is reporting that Edgar Wright has stepped down as director of Marvel's ANT-MAN. A joint statement issued by the studio and the filmmaker says this is "due to differences in their vision of the film". Marvel has already hired a replacement, and the film is expected to make its July 17, 2015 release date.
This is reportedly an amicable parting of ways, but that doesn't make the news any less of a huge fucking bummer. I was excited to see a filmmaker with a strong creative vision take on a Marvel Studios film, and the cast of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson is certainly impressive. But Wright was an atypical hire for Marvel in that he doesn't shoot a lot of coverage, which leaves the studio fewer editorial options. If they didn't like what Wright had shot (which would be strange because he's been attached to the project since 2006), they'd have difficulty recutting his footage (which could lead to extensive reshoots). This is total speculation, but don't be surprised if Wright's replacement comes from TV and/or is generally known for serving the studio's interests.
Am I still interested in ANT-MAN? Well, the cast is still the cast, and, as far as I know, they're still working from the screenplay Wright wrote with Joe Cornish. I also imagine they'll hew to whatever pre-vis Wright has done for the film's action set pieces. But it won't be an Edgar Wright film, and that just makes it another by-committee Marvel movie. Sometimes those are really good, but the thought of what could've been will always hang over this project.
Readers Talkbackcomments powered by Disqus
- Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to bring you MANIMAL: THE MOVIE! -- 163 total posts 22 posts
- Edgar Wright's Next Project Revealed! -- 121 total posts 13 posts
- Idris Elba to play one of Guy Ritchie's KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE! -- 339 total posts 12 posts
- "I would never order an alcoholic beverage on the bridge..." Trailer for SPACE STATION 76 has its heart firmly in place and its tongue firmly in cheek! -- 60 total posts 11 posts
- 4th Week of July 2014 PICKS & PEEKS: Werewolves, BLUE RUIN, Nordic Noir, ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE + more! -- 169 total posts 11 posts
- JJ Abrams reveals a rusted out, beat up awesome looking X-Wing in new video! -- 550 total posts 10 posts
- A New & Full Length Trailer For Disney XD’s STAR WARS REBELS!! -- 60 total posts 8 posts
- New Trailer Promises the Creepiest HONEYMOON Ever! -- 24 total posts 6 posts
- A Recently Recovered Gene Roddenberry Interview Leads To A Kickstarter About The Early Days Of STAR TREK!! -- 71 total posts 5 posts
- Fox Networks Group Chairman Peter Rice: ‘I’d Love To See Another Season Of 24!!’ -- 160 total posts 5 posts