In news that has devastated much of the internet film community, director Edgar Wright and Marvel have parted ways on Ant-Man. Set for release next July, many were anticipating the film because it looked to be the next in a line of off-beat and excitingly different Marvel films in a similar tone to that of this August’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Wright had been involved with the film for seemingly a life-time in film terms, since 2006, and has even co-written the script with Joe Cornish. This latest news comes as quite the shock, not just because of Wright’s long-time involvement, but because of Marvel President Kevin Feige’s heavy involvement in bringing the popular Brit helmer on board.
For those who don’t know Wright very well, he’s know for his Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, a series of comedic films highlighted by Wright’s impressive ability to construct exciting fight sequences. He’s also known for his only North American production to date, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.
The reason there has been such an out-cry of support for Wright following the announcement by Marvel that they and Wright have “parted ways” is because many Marvel and non-Marvel fans were excited for Ant-Man solely because of Wright’s involvement, me being chief among them. Rumors, coming via Latino Review, have pointed to a dispute over a recent script re-write as the reason for Wright’s departure. Apparently the company hired “two very low credit writers” to do their own work on the script and Wright didn’t even recognize the film he wanted to make upon receiving the new version. Again, this is considered rumor, albeit one that comes from some legitimate, inside Marvel sources.
It’s safe to say that many are upset with the decision, and personally, Ant-Man has gone from my most anticipated film of next Summer to barely even registering on my excitement scale. With that said, if they choose a worthy and exciting replacement (hopefully Joe Cornish, but not likely considering he’s Wright’s co-hort), I’m willing to give it another chance. With that said, there’s still nothing quite like an Edgar Wright film.
Ant-Man is still set for release July 17th, 2015. Here’s hoping lead Paul Rudd (one of the few saving graces that is still on board) gets a director worthy of his considerable talents.
Sources: Marvel, Latino Review