A surprising announcement today as Marvel and director Edgar Wright have issued a statement stating that the director has left the studio’s long in development Ant-Man project.
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.
Wright’s departure from the film comes as an incredible surprise as the director had been working on the project for Marvel since 2006. Working with writer Joe Cornish, Wright had turned in several drafts of the screenplay and shot some test footage showcasing the heroes shrinking powers before the studio gave the greenlight to the project.
This is an unfortunate turn of events as while I have enjoyed Marvel’s output so far, I think Wright was going to be bringing a unique visual style that would standout more from the rest of the studio’s pack. Of course, that could very well be the reason why he is on his way out.
Wright is the only one departing the project. Cast members Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena, Corey Stoll and Patrick Wilson are all still on board.
It should be noted that Wright is not the first director to leave a Marvel project after being brought on board. Patty Jenkins was the original director set for Thor: The Dark World before she moved on, also citing “creative differences.”