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Following his very public departure from directing Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” Edgar Wright now looks ready to move on as he is in talks to direct “Baby Driver” for Working Title Films.
The plot details are vague other than it would be in the vein of his Cornetto Trilogy he made with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Wright will pen the script with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner producing with Nira Park.
Wright, 40, is an irreverent British filmmaker, and sources say Marvel had been unhappy with his take on Ant-Man for weeks. Originally set to begin shooting June 2, the production had been put on hiatus while Feige ordered revisions of the script that was co-written by Wright and Joe Cornish. According to sources, Wright had been willing to make revisions earlier in the process. But the new rewrites took place without Wright’s input, and when he received Marvel’s new version early during the week of May 19, he walked, prompting a joint statement announcing his exit “due to differences in their visions of the film.”
Additionally, several key crew members left when it became apparent the film would not roll on July 28. Marvel is now working to replace them, as well as find a new director. Paul Rudd is reportedly still on board.
The rewrites really are the most troubling part of this, because now we have lost Wright as a director, but also the vision of his script. I was optimistic that Marvel would still be able to pull this off, but the good faith is waning.
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It’s a bummer that Edgar Wright won’t be making ‘Ant-Man.’ His vision would have definitely brought it to another level. But I’m seeing a lot of hyperbole and think it’s a bit of overreaction.
- There are reasons for it to exist without him.
- There’s a good chance it won’t come out bad, as Marvel will likely find a more than capable director.
- There’s also a good chance they’ll still use his script and hopefully the cast remains in place.
- It doesn’t spell doom for Marvel and their creative choices.
- Is this really going to stop you from seeing it?
- And what if Wright went ahead and made it while constantly at odds with the studio and the end result was a compromised version of his vision? Is that preferable?
Marvel Studios already has tapped a new director, but has yet to reveal who landed the job.
The company and Wright parted ways “due to differences in their vision of the film, Marvel and the director said in a statement.
The decision to move on is amicable, they added, and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015.
Wow, so this sucks — and is especially surprising considering his long-time involvement on the project. Marvel announced Wright’s attachment to ‘Ant-Man’ in 2006 alongside ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Incredible Hulk.’
I hope they’re still going to use his and Joe Cornish’s script, so at least part of his stamp will be on it.
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