News broke this past Friday that director Edgar Wright, most famous for his Cornetto trilogy (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “The World’s End”), has departed the director’s chair from Marvel Studio’s upcoming film, “Ant-Man.” Here’s what the studio had to say:
Marvel Studios 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.
This comes as an incredible surprise to me considering that Wright had been attached to this project since April of 2006. I just find it strange and difficult to understand that a studio like Marvel and a director like Wright would separate from this project because of “differences in their vision.” These two have been working together for eight years and their only now realizing that their visions didn’t match up? I just have a really hard time believing that this is the real reason behind the exit.
Now instead of speculating on why Edgar Wright left the project, I’m more curious about who will take over the director’s chair? Many have speculated that co-writer Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”) would be a solid replacement and that’s definitely an interesting choice. I’ve heard many friends of mine say that they want Brad Bird (“The Incredibles” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) to tackle the project, but he is currently busy working on his super secret film, “Tomorrowland,” for Disney.
My personal top choice for a director would be Phil Lord and Chris Miller, whom just had a crazy success on their hands with “The LEGO Movie,” currently my favorite film of the year. I think they have a great sense of humor and provide grand spectacle to their films, including their 2012 comedy hit, “21 Jump Street.” I think their unique style would provide a fresh new voice to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a unique character like Ant-Man.
Of course, it’s sad to see such a talented director like Edgar Wright leave this project after so much anticipation. I was very excited to see what he would have brought to the table. Now, all we can really do as film fans is hope that Marvel chooses another talented director to offer up something great.
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Thank you so much for reading and on that note, I leave you with this image that the great Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers”) posted on his Twitter account.
“Ant-Man” is scheduled for release on July 17, 2015.
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