I’m sure you’ve already read about this information elsewhere, but I couldn’t go about my day without writing up something quick on the departure of director Edgar Wright from Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man movie.
This is big news and news that might not impact most for another year or two.
If you don’t know who Edgar Wright is, then you might want to check out Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The World’s End.
He’s a brilliant mind that crafts very unique films that most downright praise and that praise is 100% earned, because Wright is an absolutely fantastic filmmaker that turns mostly everything he touches into works of pure movie magic.
He’s been championing an Ant-Man movie over at Marvel ever since Phase One first kicked off, which means before stuff like Captain America and Thor even hit the big screen.
He’s been working with Marvel closely to bring his vision to life and now he’s completely kicked off the project, because his vision doesn’t line up with the big wigs over at Marvel and this is a very scary thing.
This puts Marvel in a position that makes them look horrible and like a company that would rather take the gun-for-hire versus the visionary wanting to tell his or her own tale.
This is Marvel taking all of the money and good credit earned over these past few years and throwing it away for the safe bets and the far from exciting routes.
Wright would have no doubt done great things with Ant-Man and now we’ll never see what comes of it and we might also see a gigantic studio slowly start to crumble under its own success and hunger for more money and less risks and chances, which brought the company to the front in the first place.
I’m not the biggest Marvel fan, but I respect their bold choices when it comes to picking talent both in front of and behind the camera and the announcement of Wright getting kicked off brings a lot of worry to my mind and a lot of disappointment.
Oh and Drew Goddard is no longer fronting the Daredevil project either, which is just another failed step by Marvel.
The official press release:
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.