Marvel’s Ant-Man is moving forward without Edgar Wright. The director left the film Friday over creative differences with Marvel. The Hollywood Reporter shared this statement from Wright and Marvel:
“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.”
Though specifics weren’t divulged, the Latino Review reports on what might have happened. Emphasis on “might” since it’s not officially from Wright or Marvel:
About 3 months ago, Marvel had notes. The meat of the notes were about the core morality of the piece, must include franchise characters. etc., These notes came from the big four at Marvel. Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright did two drafts to try and answer the notes without compromising their vision.
6 weeks ago Marvel took the script off them and gave the writing assignment to two very low credit writers. One of the writers were from Marvel’s in house writing team. Edgar stayed cool, agreed to stay on the project, and read the draft.
The script came in this week and was completely undone. Poorer, homogenized, and not Edgar’s vision. Edgar met with Marvel on Friday to formally exit and the announcement went out directly after.
Wright didn’t like the rewrite and how the film was being refocused, so he walked away. If that report is true, I respect him for sticking to his guns. And, he got supportive tweets from Joss Whedon and Simon Pegg as you’ll see after the break…
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) May 24, 2014
Note that Whedon is holding up a Cornetto wrapper.
Incredibly proud of my friend @edgarwright, this morning as I am always.
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) May 24, 2014
Though I’m curious about what actually happened, I have a feeling we’ll never know.