One of the biggest news stories of this last week was the recent departure of Edgar Wright from Marvel Studios’ ANT-MAN. Whilst it was deemed an amicable parting of the ways, it was simply stated that the two parties had different visions for the movie. Treat this as purely rumour for now, but Latino Review claims to have some inside details on just what differences Marvel and Wright had.
Two particular rumours doing the rounds are that Edgar Wright was actually fired and that he had rubbed Marvel up the wrong way by being massively behind schedule and for the project haemorrhaging money. Those two rumours are said to most definitely be false. It appears that the big issue is some of the recent rewrites of the script that have taken place.
A few months ago now, Marvel and Disney’s higher-ups apparently gave Wright and co-writer Joe Cornish some notes on what they’d like included in the movie, such as the core tale of the film and nods to certain Marvel characters. Wright and Cornish then did two further drafts of the script to address Marvel’s suggestions, and this was said to also still keep the writers’ vision of the movie intact. Then, just over a month ago, Marvel apparently handed the script over to two writers, including one in-house Marvel writer, to make some further tweaks. It was only when Wright was greeted by a script that had undone the majority of his work that he decided to leave the project.
In terms of actually leaving the project, some stories say that the decision was actually made back in March whilst others say that the decision was made during a meeting of the two parties on Friday. The main problem, which you’d expect if the above is true, is that both Wright and Cornish were upset by the sudden lack of faith shown in them by Marvel Studios and Disney.
Whereas Wright and Cornish were able to leave the project, the movie’s cast are all tied to ANT-MAN. Where this goes from here, we don’t know, although it’s said that Marvel already has a director in place. They’re keeping quiet on that for now, but expect more on this as it develops.
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