Edgar Wright Exits Ant-Man

Ant-Man (2015) Movie Image

“Hey, Edgar Wright, you come back here right now, Mister!”

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.

Marvel Studios at Comic-Con International 2012

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  • Juggernaut

    Well that sucks.

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  • Brent McKnight

    This movie just got significantly less exciting.

  • Kal-El-1983

    I wonder what exactly the creative differences were..ah well I didn’t really give a flip about Ant-Man anyway.

  • Vos_L

    This is pretty surprising. Ant-Man has been kicking around for years and Feige has said repeatedly that they were only doing the movie because of Wright’s vision for the movie. Assuming the Marvel people wanted the movie to fit into the cinematic universe so they could move Ant-Man onto the Avengers team eventually and Wright wanted to do a standalone movie. Not a huge loss though. When it comes to big blockbuster movies, Wright isn’t exactly Spielberg or Cameron. Also, that Terrence Howard is off base. Howard got into a contractual dispute after Iron Man was successful and he wanted the same money that RDJ was getting for Iron Man 2. Apparently, Howard forgot he was playing a sidekick.

  • sin isfree

    ant man? seriously?

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Dedpool please go see Days of Future Past, we got shit to discuss man!

  • ErickKwon

    “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 think you nailed it. This is a good indicator that the Marvel “House Brand” that’s been cultivated since about “Iron Man 2″ isn’t about making great (and daring) individual movies anymore. Like big mama Disney’s attitude re: animated feature films post-“Fantasia”, Marvel is far more interested in a brand continuity. Think about it: Bryan Singer’s “X-Men”, Chris Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” may have been greenlit with sequels in mind, but they were still inextricably tied to their directors’ vision and sensibilities. I can’t imagine anyone else directing those movies, but I CAN imagine just about everything from “IM 2″ and beyond being directed by any competent Joe Schmoe (except maybe “Avengers” and “IM 3″). No question that Kenneth Branagh and Joe Johnston did great work with “Thor” and “Captain America”, respectively, but I don’t think it’s an accident that both “Thor 2″ and “CA 2″ were directed by cheaper non-marquee names, and I’d bet that Shane Black got the “IM 3″ gig mostly to keep Robert Downey, Jr. happy. Plus don’t forget that Jon Favreau butted heads with management before “IM 2″ was underway and so did Edward Norton during “The Incredible Hulk’s” production leading Marvel to send out an incredibly douchey press release to announce Norton losing the Hulk job in “Avengers”. Marvel’s been lucky so far that their formula has produced profitable AND good movies (well, if you ignore the bag of dicks that were the last two “Iron Man” movies), but don’t be surprised if we a see shift moving onto Phase 3.

    • M@rvel

      I agree completely. I love reading good well-thought out responses on here that actually have some depth. I actively try to avoid the comment sections on Latino Review because most of the posters are just angry kids that want to blurt out their ignorant uneducated opinion.

  • Lexavi80

    This is just bad! I was so excited for this. Specially because Wright was involved.