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Edgar Wright Departs Ant-Man
The World's End director is off the superhero film

25 May 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Here’s some disturbing news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we definitely didn’t expect: Variety is reporting that The World’s End director Edgar Wright has left Ant-Man.

Quoting a statement from the company and Wright himself, all we know so far is that Wright and Marvel parted ways due to differences in their vision for the film. It was apparently an amicable situation and the studio has found a new director already. We’ll have to wait and see who that is, as the statement doesn’t specify.

This is something of a shock, because Wright has been involved with the project for years now, writing the script with Joe Cornish and long planning to make the film. He’s been through a number of drafts, adapting the concept for the movie as the MCU took off and became a sprawling, interconnected series of films.

He was deep in pre-production on the film, preparing to shoot with a cast that includes Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Patrick Wilson, Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lily.

We’re told the planned July 17, 2015 release date is unaffected, so whoever takes the reins is going to have to be up and running pretty quickly. It’s hard not to feel disappointed at this development – after all, we’ve waited to see Edgar’s take on the character for years – but hopefully Marvel has found someone able to take over.


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Dig deeper Empire
I'd like Empire to pull out their investigative chops on this one. Rather than believe whatever Variety are saying, go and speak to the man himself. You are pals after all. We expect an update this afternoon. Ta. More

Posted by Lord Midas at 08:11 on 05 June 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I'm not watching it then, simple as that.
To be honest - I'm not sure what to think on this one. I always thought Ant Man was a bit of an odd choice for a movie, possibly could have worked as a stand alone film, but that's not what Marvel want nowadays, it's all got to fit in, somehow, with the overall universe. And, fair play - it's their property at the end of the day and they've not made too many really bad moves yet. Also - I got to admit I'm getting a tad bored with Wright's superfast, quirky editing schtik style. Huge fa More

Posted by Brundlesflies at 17:14 on 30 May 2014 | Report This Post

I'm not watching it then, simple as that.
The only reason to watch such a NONSENSE property is if its made by a director who thrives in nonsense. I was really looking forward to this BECAUSE Wright was directing plus Rudd and Douglas were leading. If Wright's not there then why the fuck would I watch a movie called 'Ant-Man'? This has gone, in my mind, from a wonderfully pointless romp to just ... pointless. Marvel movies are exquisitely packaged garbage at the best of times. More

Posted by Nicky C at 13:03 on 26 May 2014 | Report This Post

Ant-Man is now Pants-Man
I'm glad not grateful if Edgar Wright got off this project for the right reasons he is incapable of doing a hack job which Marvel probably wanted him to do. Such a shame as he's developed this for some time, I think it was a dream project for him being a lifelong Ant-man fan. I would of loved to have seen his idiosyncratic bold visual style married to a big comic book genre filmmaking as you rarely see directors put their own stamp or signature in these types of film's. It's proving harder now t More

Posted by dyl.letsgo at 11:09 on 26 May 2014 | Report This Post

latino review
check out the 'scoop' (allegedly) over at Latino review-Kevin Feige apparently was happy with EW & JC but the money men wanted a more MCU directed script... More

Posted by themanfromunkle at 11:09 on 26 May 2014 | Report This Post

I'm not watching it then, simple as that.
The only reason to watch such a NONSENSE property is if its made by a director who thrives in nonsense. I was really looking forward to this BECAUSE Wright was directing plus Rudd and Douglas were leading. If Wright's not there then why the fuck would I watch a movie called 'Ant-Man'? This has gone, in my mind, from a wonderfully pointless romp to just ... pointless. Marvel movies are exquisitely packaged garbage at the best of times. More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:08 on 26 May 2014 | Report This Post

shame..
shame-was looking forward to EW's take on one of my fave Marvel characters (no really!)-what's Jon Favreau up to? More

Posted by themanfromunkle at 11:07 on 26 May 2014 | Report This Post

I'm not watching it then, simple as that.
The only reason to watch such a NONSENSE property is if its made by a director who thrives in nonsense. I was really looking forward to this BECAUSE Wright was directing plus Rudd and Douglas were leading. If Wright's not there then why the fuck would I watch a movie called 'Ant-Man'? This has gone, in my mind, from a wonderfully pointless romp to just ... pointless. Marvel movies are exquisitely packaged garbage at the best of times. More

Posted by Nicky C at 10:26 on 26 May 2014 | Report This Post

I'm not watching it then, simple as that.
The only reason to watch such a NONSENSE property is if its made by a director who thrives in nonsense. I was really looking forward to this BECAUSE Wright was directing plus Rudd and Douglas were leading. If Wright's not there then why the fuck would I watch a movie called 'Ant-Man'? This has gone, in my mind, from a wonderfully pointless romp to just ... pointless. Marvel movies are exquisitely packaged garbage at the best of times. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:13 on 26 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Shane Black?
I think one of three things will happen next: - Joe Cornish will direct. - A.N Other will direct. This will be a random choice, someone malleable, possibly from US TV - basically, whoever's available right now. This person will join the project so late that they'll have no choice but to direct what they're given, even if it's other people's cast, script and crew. The new director will accept this as it's such a huge opportunity. - The release date and therefore shooting schedule will b More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 08:31 on 26 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Shane Black?
Shane Black directed Iron Man 3. I'm saying he could be a good replacement for Edgar Wright. Iron Man 3 and Antman are all part of the same universe (and eventually, both characters are part of The Avengers). Iron Man 3 was the first of Marvel Phase Two films, Antman will be the first of the Phase Three films. More

Posted by Adsyboy at 23:05 on 25 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Edgar Wright Departs Ant-Man
L: potemkin1925 L: rich This all seems a bit crazy considering how long he had been working with them on this. Maybe the length of time he took on it should have been a warning always assumed that it was one of those projects that would have to wait intentionally though, they couldn't sell this or GOTG pre Avengers. More

Posted by rich at 13:57 on 25 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I'm not an Edger Wright fan, but he's better off.
L: BelfastBoy Some other speculations (mine, not informed by any authority!): - Wright's creative disagreements were maybe with the cast, such as Michael Douglas? - Have there been any recent changes at executive level that could result in a drastic change of power and influence between Marvel and Disney? ht had such a big finger in casting, that probably won't be the case. Especially when looking how inspired this cast looks, just like Scott Pilgrim. I think its mainly Disn More

Posted by Chris Boomen at 11:26 on 25 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Edgar Wright Departs Ant-Man
L: rich This all seems a bit crazy considering how long he had been working with them on this. Maybe the length of time he took on it should have been a warning More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 10:45 on 25 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Shane Black?
L: Adsyboy What's he up to these days? I think he knocked Iron Man 3 out of the park (don't hit me Mandarin fanboys, let's all be friends please) so maybe he could do it? I don't know why Joe Cornballs is held in such high esteem. I like him, but Attack the Block was alright, nothing special. Tin Tin was shit. Is James Gunn free after Guardians? what's Iron Man 3 got to do with it? More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 10:43 on 25 May 2014 | Report This Post

Whatever!
some semi-notible-no-harm-no-fowl director could do this. More

Posted by Darren47 at 23:28 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Edgar Wright Departs Ant-Man
This all seems a bit crazy considering how long he had been working with them on this. More

Posted by rich at 22:22 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

Shane Black?
What's he up to these days? I think he knocked Iron Man 3 out of the park (don't hit me Mandarin fanboys, let's all be friends please) so maybe he could do it? I don't know why Joe Cornballs is held in such high esteem. I like him, but Attack the Block was alright, nothing special. Tin Tin was shit. Is James Gunn free after Guardians? More

Posted by Adsyboy at 22:11 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

Who you gonna call?...
...Brett Ratner! More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 15:14 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I'm not an Edger Wright fan, but he's better off.
Suspect that Latino Review have just made this up, but even if it is just their speculation, it rings sadly true as an indictment on interference from 'above': www.latino-review.com/news/exclusive-the-inside-story-o n-the-divorce-between-marvel-edgar-wright-over-ant-man To anyone who reckons this will fail now because Wright has gone, get real. 'Marvel' is the brand, the franchise. If Guardians Of The Galaxy is a success, Ant-Man will be too no matter who directs it. Edgar Wright f More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 14:52 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I'm not an Edger Wright fan, but he's better off.
L: Mad Dog Tannen To be honest, directing a Marvel movie doesn't strike me as a prized gig for an established director. his. More

Posted by UTB at 14:04 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

Strange. Although maybe marvel sat through the shambolic mess of the Worlds End and had second thoughts... More

Posted by LustForLeith at 13:43 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: I'm not an Edger Wright fan, but he's better off.
Loved what Wright did with Scott Pilgrim. His work always looks really inspired. Very unfortunate news... For a replacement, Marc Webb would be great and his visual style has some resemblances to that of Wright, but he's stuck with Spidey unfortunately. Jonathan Levine has a very Wright-like style as well. Bold, but interesting, choices could be Spike Jonze or Danny Boyle. More

Posted by Chris Boomen at 12:17 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

I'm not an Edger Wright fan, but he's better off.
To be honest, directing a Marvel movie doesn't strike me as a prized gig for an established director. It's kind of like the directing equivalent of an author writing a novelisation of a movie. More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 11:09 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: The replacement director.
Maybe if Kick-Ass 3 were ever to be made possibly Edgar to direct??? More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:12 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

The replacement director.
I immediately thought of Joe Cornish. More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 08:54 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Edgar Wright Departs Ant-Man
This is a pretty curious story, I for one wasn't looking forward to Ant Man even before today's news, I've read the comics and the character never really did anything for me plus the footage they showed at last years Comic-Con just looked dumb. I suspect a lot has changed since the partnership was first announced, around 2006 i believe, Marvel has a long term vision and a successful formula which from their point of view is very successful and it's my opinion that Ant Man is a very risky prop More

Posted by OhBrother at 08:06 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

Wtf?!?! This has been Wright's baby all along. If anything, Marvel should be the ones departing! More

Posted by thisgenius at 03:48 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

Such a Shame
The test footage was great. He's one of my favourite directors. The last time this happened was X-Men: The Last Stand. To save this they need a genuine auteur of the same caliber. Joe Cornish maybe? More

Posted by IKnewTheTwist at 02:23 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

Funking prinks
Lynne Ramsay to take over? ;) More

Posted by Loosecrew at 00:54 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: SO DISSAPOINTING
L: darthmax1 I was very excited for Wright's Ant-Man. HOWEVER, this does of course leave the very talented Mr Wright available to hop on any number of other franchises...maybe ones currently planning spin-offs...in a galaxy far far away.... ll we can do is speculate right now, but let's say Wright left Ant-Man because he wasn't going to prevail against 'Marvel Studios', Feige, Esposito etc. Surely the situation would be similar over at Disney for Star Wars? More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 00:03 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Deadpool?
L: oll Some people have speculated that it was actually a deadpool movie they were working on in secret and were going to do a bait and switch at the last moment. hose people need to pay a bit more attention then, because the rights to Deadpool are at Fox. More

Posted by badblokebob at 23:49 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

sigh
well that's a few year of anticipation somewhat diminished... More

Posted by rphughes at 22:48 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

Deadpool?
Some people have speculated that it was actually a deadpool movie they were working on in secret and were going to do a bait and switch at the last moment. Certainly a Deadpool film would have made much more commercial sense than Antman, but I'm sure EW would have been able to make a good film out of either character. More

Posted by oll at 22:39 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

SO DISSAPOINTING
I was very excited for Wright's Ant-Man. HOWEVER, this does of course leave the very talented Mr Wright available to hop on any number of other franchises...maybe ones currently planning spin-offs...in a galaxy far far away.... More

Posted by darthmax1 at 22:31 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE:
Disappointing news indeed. Thing is though, Marvel Studios operate a bit like the Bond films - creative power really rests with the producers (and in the case of Robert Downey Jnr at least, the acting talent). I've always got the impression that the directors are selected as being considered 'best fit' for the film in question, but not having much influence over the script and casting. (The obvious exception, which I fully concede, is Avengers. In hindsight, Whedon seems an inspired choice - bu More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 22:21 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

It be interesting to know what they disagreed on... could it be over fundermental plot direction, or just the portrayal of a certain character..? but I guess Wright won't be allowed to say anything until after the final film is out More

Posted by Gazzabrook at 22:16 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

The only way Marvel can shrug off the bad press they'll get for this is if Wright's replacement is a brave choice. A female director, perhaps? More

Posted by Garth_Marenghi at 22:11 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Edgar Wright Departs Ant-Man
Well, that's a bit shit. More

Posted by Scott_ at 22:07 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

BAD MARVEL! BAD MARVEL!
Bad Marvel! Bad Marvel! Bad Marvel! More

Posted by xzynomorpher at 22:00 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

No. No...
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooo............ More

Posted by tommyinglis at 21:47 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

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