While recently making the press rounds for his new film Chef, Jon Favreau was asked for his take on Edgar Wright‘s departure from Ant-Man. Find out what he had to say below.
Back in 2006, Favreau was hired to bring Marvel‘s Iron Man to the big screen. That’s the same year that Edgar Wright took on the Ant-Man movie. Yet, eight years later, we’ve got three Iron Man movies, and despite years of prep work, Edgar Wright is no longer directing Ant-Man.
Shortlist caught up with Favreau and asked him:
As someone who’s involved with Marvel, what’s your take on Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man?
Edgar’s a dear friend of mine – I was so looking forward to his version of Ant-Man. All Edgar’s films have been studio films, it’s not like he’s never made one before. I think he’s been used to a situation where he can have tremendous creative say around his story and casting, and Marvel has built an entire franchise around their style of telling stories. I know both parties well, and I respect his decision to see that he wasn’t going to be fulfilled in the process. That’s all I can really say.
Favreau isn’t fresh off the turnip truck when it comes to Hollywood and how things work. He’s not about to burn any bridges that might affect future projects that might want him, or that he might want to be involved in. He skillfully walks that tightrope between supporting his friend Wright, while not slinging any mud in either direction.
It’s the same tight wire that Simon Pegg walked a couple of weeks ago when asked the same question. Both took the high road, and that’s professional, but I find myself wondering if we’ll ever get the real story.
Hollywood is awash with celebrities saying outrageous things then retracting those statements back up as far as the public will allow, then apologizing for what remains. Just look at Gary Oldman‘s recent rant and the apology that quickly followed. I’ve got to say that I lost a little respect for Oldman when I read his comments. As he said in his apology, he should have known better.
Back to Edgar Wright’s departure. We, meaning the Internet nerdy press, are making a big deal about Wright’s departure, but in the big scheme of Hollywood movies, it’s not really that big a deal. Let’s look at some other movies that have changed directors during production.
This list is just some of the more recognizable movies, there are tons more. I get the feeling that this list is going to surprise you just as much as it surprised me.
Superman II (1980)
Original Director: Richard Donner
Replacement: Richard Lester
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Original director: Alex Cox
Replacement: Terry Gilliam
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Original director: George Cukor
Replacement: Victor Fleming
The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Original director: Richard Thorpe
Replacement: Victor Fleming
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
Original Director: Richard Stanley
Replacement Director: John Frankenheimer
Original Director: Anthony Mann
Replacement Director: Stanley Kubrick
American History X (1998)
Original Director: Tony Kaye
Replacement Director: Edward Norton ( Kind of – Norton famously edited his version of the film and the studio liked it better and distributed that version instead of the directors.)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Original Director: Philip Kaufman
Replacement Director: Clint Eastwood
As you can see in the list above, it’s still a hit or miss proposition when changing director midstream. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it fails miserably.If you want to know some more of the details of those director changes listed above use The Playlist link below.
Which way will the Ant-Man switch from Edgar Wright to Peyton Reed go? We’ll have to wait until July 17th, 2015 to find out.