In a shocking twist no one saw coming, Marvel and Ant-Man director Edgar Wright released a joint statement saying the two have "parted ways on Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film." The split was supposedly "amicable" and the film remains on schedule for release on July 17, 2015. A replacement is to be named soon. What went wrong?
Deadline says The World's End director and the studio have been at odds for weeks but it's unclear what specific creative differences led to him walking away. The project has been in development for years and fan reaction to Wright's involvement in the obscure hero's origin movie has made it one of the most anticipated Phase Three Marvel films. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly star in the film, with Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson.
Ant-Man is the superhero persona of biochemist Hank Pym, who uses subatomic particles to invent a substance that allows him to shrink to size and communicate and control insects. Wright has been involved in the development of the movie from the beginning in 2006 and co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish. Cornish seems like the logical choice to replace Wright this far in the process. Wright even cast
Word spread quickly on the internet and DC Comics fans were quick to recruit Wright for another superhero flick involving everyone from Shazam to Green Lantern. We proposed he and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson get together and make the Lobo movie fans have been begging for.
Ant-Man movie should be fine but the absence of Wright is a big disappointment to fans of his movies like Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and the comic book adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.