Edgar Wright quits Marvel's Ant-Man movie

News Simon Brew 23 May 2014 - 21:12

Here's a surprise: Edgar Wright will no longer be directing Marvel's Ant-Man.

Now this is a shock. After working on the project for many years, Edgar Wright has quit Marvel's Ant-Man, just as physical production work approached.

Thus far, all we know is that creative differences have been cited. In a statement put out from Marvel, it said that "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".

Time is not on Marvel's side here. Whilst there's precedent for it losing a director close to a shooting date - Patty Jenkins departed Thor 2, before Alan Taylor took charge - the fact that Wright had been so close to Ant-Man for so long, and that he's co-penned the script, makes it very much a project with his identity on it. Plus when the director changed on Thor: The Dark World, there was still a little time to settle someone new in.

The cast- featuring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas - still stands. Expect an announcement of a new director very soon.

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