Ant-Man was originally set up to begin filming in a matter of mere days. That is, until today with the announcement that Edgar Wright - who has been attached to direct the movie since before the making of the first Iron Man movie - will no longer be part of the production.
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.
The release date was definitely one of the first thoughts to cross my mind, so their guarantee not to move the release date is definitely satisfying! However Edgar Wright's departure is the last thing I expected: especially with his passion for this project and having had plans for the film for more than 7 years! But maybe that is a lot of why he left too.
With a new director, the direction of the movie and it's storyline could very well end up contradicting all of the facts we've been given so far about the movie, other than the casting which will likely continue to be honored thanks to the beauty of contracts and all! Surely it's too late to rewrite any of the script, but how the scenes were actually written could end up conveying completely different moods and ideas for the final product of the movie now.
Could the creative differences alluded to in the statement be over last week's announcement of creating the movie on classic film rather than digitally? I personally would say no at first thought, but this statement was made just days ago by Bill Pope, the film's cinematographer, still claiming that Wright was director:
Ant-Man' will be shot on film with the Panavision cameras. We've shot all of [Edgar Wright's] movies on film. He likes it. I like it. I feel more transported. Interestingly, because it's not as crisp and all-seeing as digital, I'm actually transported by the graphicness of it into the imagery, emotionally. It's hard for me to explain why I like film, but that's the best I can come up with.
I find it odd that Pope would state something like this knowing Edgar Wright would no longer direct the movie. These kind of decisions are usually things one decides as their collecting equipment for filming. I'm thinking Disney could've said digital only and he gave them a hard time about it and he walked. Even so, it would most likely only be the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back" so to speak.
Though public release of the movie will supposedly continue as scheduled, the original filming and production schedule is likely to be postponed by at least a month. Filming was originally set to take place at the end of May at Pinewood Studios Atlanta in Fayetteville, Georgia.
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The film will be the very first movie made at Pinewood's Atlanta studio which was just recently constructed in the state due to it's outstanding tax breaks and benefits for film production as well as its wide variety of environments good for filming nearly any kind of movie.
[Ant-Man](movie:9048) will hit theaters next summer on July 17th, 2015.