Edgar Wright is no longer directing “Ant-Man.” That news, revealed late last week, came as a major shock to the fans who’ve been waiting patiently for Wright’s “Ant-Man” vision to come to fruition since the project was first announced in 2006.
Officially, we still have no further word on why Wright and Marvel are no longer working on the film together, beyond “differences in their vision of the film.” In announcing the breakup, Marvel described Wright’s departure as “amicable.”
But a Latino Review report provides a few more details on what may have happened behind the scenes. According to the unconfirmed report, Marvel demanded significant rewrites on “Ant-Man,” which Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish attempted to satisfy. The script was then reportedly handed over to other writers, who created a version of “Ant-Man” that was “not Edgar’s vision,” leading Wright to leave shortly after.
While those reports aren’t confirmed, there are some cracks to peer through. For one, “Avengers” director Joss Whedon tweeted out the following show of support for Wright:
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) May 24, 2014
In the picture, Whedon wields a Cornetto ice cream cone, symbolic of Wright’s “Cornetto trilogy” of films including “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End.”
Meanwhile, Patrick Wilson, one of the actors aboard “Ant-Man,” tweeted out the following:
Yes yes…the big news was Edgar's departure and now not knowing the fate of the film. Big to ME anyway.
— patrick wilson (@patrickwilson73) May 23, 2014
It seems that Wright’s “Ant-Man” departure was as much a shock to the cast as it was to the fans.
For his part, “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has weighed in on the Marvel-Wright breakup, with a rather measured response he posted on Facebook. Here’s an excerpt:
“It’s easy to try to make one party ‘right’ and another party ‘wrong’ when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.
And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.”
For now, it’s impossible to say what’s really happening between Wright and Marvel, except for what we know with certainty: Wright is off the project, and that’s a real shame. Whoever Marvel finds to helm the smallest superhero of them all (an announcement is expected shortly) has mighty big shoes to fill.
“Ant-Man” remains scheduled for release on July 17, 2015.