He made us quiver with ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ and drool lovingly over ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World’ but what has Edgar Wright done for the nerds lately. Known for his direction and drive with film, like a porn star holding her breath underwater, Edgar brings something special to whatever he’s involved in, but what has become of the project he put on hold? His adaptation of Marvel comics Ant-man has gone undetected since he finished Scott Pilgrim, citing he wanted to finish filming before he got back to work. Well, it’s been seven months (ironic) since his latest film was released into cinemas everywhere and not so much as a crumb has been out on Hank Pym. Thankfully Wright opened up on how Ant-man is doing as of right now and a special offer he was given by Frank Darabont (I doubt it involves tongue).
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In a chat with The Playlist during SXSW Edgar and Attack The Block producer Joe Cornish gave comment on the current state of the Ant-man project.
“We’re currently working on it, not right now. But the day after tomorrow we’ll go to Los Angeles and…[nods to Edgar],” Cornish said about the status of the film. “We kinda have a stock response now, it’s true to say we’ve been writing it in some form,” “Weirdly, the treatment for ‘Ant-Man’ exists before Marvel Studios.
There was a treatment that Joe and I did when Artisan had the kind of lower-rung Marvel properties and we wrote a treatment for it that exists before ‘Hot Fuzz.’ Basically, when I met Kevin Feige I said, ‘Oh, did u ever get our ‘Ant-Man’ treatment?’ and he had never read it so we submitted it properly like four years later. So it’s something and me and Joe genuinely been working on for nearly a decade and at some point we’ll finish the script.”
It’s been in the works for over a decade and it still isn’t finished, if this was a relationship they would have slept with another writer by now. At least they’re getting to it even if it’s in some form. SXSW was a lucky event for the man, as he was given an offer he’d be foolish to refuse. When your first film is a zombie epic, making yourself internationally known, you eventually return to what made you a hit.
During his chat with Collider, Edgar revealed an offer his was given to work with AMC and the ‘Walking Dead’ series:
“Frank [Darabont] asked me to do a Walking Dead, actually. But I feel that there’s some subject matter that, like, even though it’d be great– and I love that show: I actually watched four of the six episodes uninterrupted in one run; it was like zombie Pringles– I think that with something like that, with some TV shows, you wanna be in on the ground floor… I really enjoyed the first season, and I wouldn’t wanna be the guy that comes in and fucks it up.”
If I were Edgar I’d be getting those cricket bats all polished up and ready for another swing.