It’s hard not to wonder if cinema just lost a major battle to corporate interests today, as The Hollywood Reporter just broke a story about Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man due to the dreaded, catch-all for ‘wouldn’t bend to studio demands.’
“Creative differences” have put an end to many visionary directors’ unique takes on established properties (just look to the wonderful documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune for one of the best examples). Here, one can’t help but wonder if it’s due to Wright’s inability to mold his eye-popping aesthetic approach to fit with the rest of Marvel’s “house style” (a style I examined quite thoroughly with my breakdown of the MCU).
The weirdest part about this story is the fact that Wright has been developing the film with Marvel since Phase One — almost eight full years. It’s not like the company didn’t know what they were in store for, especially this close to production. Something seriously weird is afoot here, and it’ll be fascinating to watch this story develop. Until we know more, check out this official statement from Marvel regarding 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.”
What a heart breaker. As far as we know, Ant-Man is still set to star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson and Corey Stoll.