Director Edgar Wright Exits ANT-MAN!

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Eep, this is unfortunate news – Ant-Man director Edgar Wright has left the project. Marvel Studios said Friday:

“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 passion project for the Cornetto Trilogy and Scott Pilgrim director who began developing a movie based around the Ant-Man franchise back in 2006 and kept pushing for it until yesterday.

It seems they have script problems, because the entire production was out on hiatus by Marvel for duration of the script’s rewrite.

According to Latino-Review:

Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright did two drafts to try and answer the notes without compromising their vision.
6 weeks ago Marvel took the script off them and gave the writing assignment to two very low credit writers. One of the writers were from Marvel’s in house writing team. Edgar stayed cool, agreed to stay on the project, and read the draft.
The script came in this week and was completely undone. Poorer, homogenized, and not Edgar’s vision.

Whatever the case may be, I have to say that I’m very disappointed with Marvel’s decision. Wright’s involvement made me very interested and I guess that ship’s sailed now.

Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly are still expected to star in the film, with Corey Stoll, Michael Peña and Patrick Wilson.

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