Now this is a bit of a shocker. After developing the film for best part of a decade, director Edgar Wright has quit Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN just prior to the start of production.
A joint statement from Wright and Marvel has stated that the director's departure is due to "differences in their vision of the film," and that the cast, including Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, remains in place, as does the film's release date of July 2015.
Wright's departure is a huge shock. He's been working with Marvel Studios to develop the film since 2006 - prior to the release of IRON MAN. Indeed, studio head Kevin Feige has previously gone on record as stating the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been partly shaped around Wright's vision for ANT-MAN.
No replacement has been announced, although Marvel say they've already found a new director for the project. Considering the film's release date is just over a year away it seems likely though that the new director will have little time to make substantial changes to Wright's script (which he developed alongside Joe Cornish) so it's likely that at least some of Wright's vision will end up in the screen.
Wright's departure is a huge shame. Besides being one of our favourite directors, Ant-Man, which is due to kick off Marvel's Phase Three, looked set to be the studio's most anticipated and interesting film since AVENGERS ASSEMBLE.
And if it's not too early, we'd just like to put this out there - since Wright's now available, he'd be a much better director for the next STAR TREK than Roberto Orci.
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