May 23, 2014
Edgar Wright Exits ANT-MAN, New Director To Be Announced Shortly
After eights years and many different script drafts, Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Shaun of The Dead) has officially exited Marvel's Ant-Man. Wright had been involved with the project since it's inception over eight years ago, and was about to start rolling on the film at Pinewood Studios, Atlanta. The joint announcement via THR, confirms that Wright has left the production and a new director will be named soon.
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 cast isn't likely to change which includes Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, Patrick Wilson, Corey Stoll, and Michael Pena. The release date won't be changing either, and pre-production will likely resume shortly. This isn't the first time something like this has happened at Marvel. Patty Jenkins was originally hired to direct Thor: The Dark World, only to exit and be replaced with Alan Taylor.
It's unknown who Marvel will place in the director's chair, but some are already speculating co-writer Joe Cornish might get the offer. Cornish directed the well-recived film Attack The Block, and was a favorite to land the directing gig for Star Trek 3. Joe turned down the offer to takeover Star Trek, so it's possible he'd also turn this down as well.
We also don't have the full story here, and it's likely that Wright was offered a bigger project and felt the need to turn away from Ant-Man. I'm sure things will come into the light in the coming days.