Three years into the project that many had been anticipating based solely upon his involvement, director Edgar Wright exist Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man.’
Three years into the project that many had been anticipating based solely upon his involvement, director Edgar Wright has exited Marvel’s Ant-Man, according to a report by Deadline.
The statement announcing Wright’s departure calls it an amicable parting between the filmmaker and the studio, blaming it on “differences in their vision of the film.” Wright’s leaving won’t impact the movie’s July 17, 2015 release date, and Marvel said it will formally announce a new director shortly.
Written by Wright and Joe Cornish, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd as the title character along with Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Corey Stoll and Michael Pena. The film follows biochemist Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), who uses his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects.
Wright, known for his collaborations with actor-writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, impressed the 2012 Comic-Con crowd with some early Ant-Man footage. But he then postponed the film to work on the pub-crawl pic World’s End, which grossed $46 million worldwide for Focus Features last summer.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.