ByMiles Sadler, writer at
College kid, hobbyist writer, film fan.
Miles Sadler

Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) has exited stage left, leaving behind his eight year long project with co-writer Joe Cornish. Marvel's "Ant-Man" was to be directed by the up and coming British director until creative differences with the studio became an issue not to be overcome by Wright. Rumor has it that the original screenplay, written by Wright and Cornish, was tossed by Marvel without the director's knowledge and rewritten completely.

The young director abandoned the project, as the studio scrambled to find a new director and screenwriter. The men they found to fill these positions were Payton Reed (Yes Man and The Break-Up) and Adam McKay (Step Brothers and The Other Guys.) Reed will direct and McKay will rewrite the script with a new team. According to IMDb, Joe Cornish is still involved in the film's production as a writer and the release date has been set in early July of 2015.

While this film will certainly do well in the box office and will pique the interest of moviegoers across the world, the finished product will be lacking a certain Edgar Wright charm that his fans are used to seeing and that is characteristic of young, inspired, and fresh directors such as he.

One recent blurb out of the rumor mill is that Wright's Ant-Man (to be played by Paul Rudd) was too much of a morally complex hero for the studio's liking. While Edgar Wright had envisioned "Ant-Man" to be a standalone flick, Marvel plans on staying true to Hollywood fashion, and establishing this film as the beginning of yet another superhero franchise. When asked in an interview regarding Edgar Wright's decision to "jump ship," actor Simon Pegg stated that "It's a real shame," and that it is "their [Marvel's] loss." I believe that without Wright at the wheel, this movie will run the same course that all the big-budget, Hollywood blockbusters run. They perform well in theaters for a short period of time and then become irrelevant in anticipation of the next big movies hitting the silver screen. Wright did what was best for him and his career in knowing when enough had finally been enough.


Did Edgar Wright make the right decision in abandoning the "Ant-Man" project?


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