Edgar Wright is not Directing Ant-Man. Edgar Wright, the man behind Ant-Man since 2011, will not be the person bringing Ant-Man (2015) to national and international movie screens. Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios have separated over “differences in their vision of the film” but the split will not “impact the release date on July 17, 2015.”
The official press release on the split:
Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision 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.
The theories about these “differences” are varied:
Theory 1: Script Re-write –
Marvel came to Wright and Cornish with some major notes on the script. These were “about the core morality of the piece, must include franchise characters. etc.” The pair did two drafts to simultaneously address these issues while also keeping the film theirs. Unfortunately, Marvel didn’t like the compromise and hired “two very low credit writers” to do their own pass. When this draft came in, it was not Wright’s movie anymore. Everything he’d been doing for years was gone in favor of something of a lesser stock, and he left the project.
Theory 2: Behind Schedule –
Wright was fired because he was behind schedule and pre-production was going poorly
Theory 3: Wright’s Integrity, pointing back to Theory 1 –
Simon Pegg posted this on Twitter.
Incredibly proud of my friend @edgarwright, this morning as I am always.
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) May 24, 2014
Why post that if the main issue was not over integrity?
The reason why Wright and Marvel are not saying why the split happened is obvious: to preserve their future working relationship and help each other ‘save face.’
Which theory do you believe is accurate? Why do you think Edgar Wright left Ant-Man?
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