Edgar Wright Has Exited Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Over Creative Differences
by Ethan Anderton
May 23, 2014
Well, this is some terrible news before the extended holiday weekend. Marvel and director Edgar Wright have jointly announced that the Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World filmmaker is leaving Ant-Man due to creative differences. The statement says, "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." We're surprised Marvel and Wright both decided to reveal it was over creative differences since that admits trouble behind the scenes, but that story likely would have gotten out sooner than later after the bad news broke anyway.
This is truly a bummer. Besides Joss Whedon, the idea of Edgar Wright being at the helm of Ant-Man was the most excited I'd been for a filmmaker to get behind the camera for the Marvel cinematic universe. While Marvel has been on track lately with all their decisions (Captain America: The Winter Soldier was great and took a risk on two TV directors making their first feature), this amicable parting of the ways is worrisome. How do you not trust a filmmaker with a flawless track record like Wright? His films haven't been runaway hits, but they're all revered and loved by critics and audiences alike.
The good news is the cast, which includes Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson are still in place, and Marvel is just going to have to find another hired gun. My biggest concern is that Marvel just wants someone they can control, and Wright was too much of a creative force to make the film his own way outside of whatever Marvel has in mind. They've both done great things, but this is truly a disappointment, and we'll always wonder what Wright's Ant-Man might have looked like in the Marvel cinematic universe. Who should replace him?
UPDATE: Latino Review did some solid work and found out just why Edgar Wright is no longer directing Ant-Man. First of all, they clear up that Edgar Wright wasn't fired, and he wasn't behind on schedule or over budget. The real reason behind this surprising move really seems to be creative differences.
While working on the script, Marvel had notes for Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish three months ago, mostly pertaining to their core elements like franchise characters and things like that. The duo did two drafts trying to address the notes from four of the Marvel higher ups while still staying true to the film they wanted to make. Not satisfied, Marvel took them off the script and gave it to two unnamed "low credit writers" six weeks ago (one was from Marvel's in-house writing team). But Wright wasn't upset, stayed on board and agreed to read the new script.
However, Latino Review says the script delivered was "poorer, homogenized, and not Edgar's vision." And that was what caused Edgar to leave the project on Friday with the announcement following shortly after. While Wright didn't leave angrily, both he and right were said to be shocked and a little upset that Marvel somehow didn't have faith in them as filmmakers. It sounds like with all the success Marvel has had, they're starting to get a little too cautious and worried about staying on top. This move is not a smart, and shows a lack of vision on behalf of Marvel. So we'll see what puppet they get to do their bidding