If you were one of those people who was never sold on Marvel’s “Ant-Man” under the direction of “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’s” Edgar Wright, then this is your moment to rejoice.
In a joint statement, the writer/director and Marvel Studios have announced that Wright is leaving the project after spending years developing it (going as far back as 2010) due to the ever popular creative differences.
Officially, this is the reason:
Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their visions 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.
“Ant-Man” was on track to open next year with Wright directing and Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Patrick Wilson starring. In the film, Douglas would play the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, while Rudd is scheduled to play his successor, Scott Lang.
Of course, Hollywood talent and Marvel clashing over creativity is nothing new. Jon Favreau’s spat with the studio during “Iron Man 2″ are well documented, as are the studio’s multiple fights with the talent pool in front of the camera. Ask Terrence Howard.
If I had to guess, this is Marvel wanting Wright to adhere to their “movie universe” whereas Wright just wanted to do his own little stand-alone superhero movie. Likely, the studio needed certain events to take place in “Ant-Man” in order to affect future Marvel movie timelines, but Wright just wasn’t feeling them.
I’m just spitballin’, of course.