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Paul Rudd & Peyton Reed Address Edgar Wright’s Exit; Watch Over 20 Minutes Of ‘Ant-Man Interviews

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 27, 2014 1:23 PM
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The elephant in the room was not largely addressed during Marvel’s Comic-Con “Ant-Man” panel. Onstage, there was little talk of the older iteration of “Ant-Man” that was going to be directed by a filmmaker you might have heard of named Edgar Wright (though there was a guy loyally standing outside of the convention center all day with a sign that said “Edgar Wright was right”). If the “Ant-Man” snafu in May was a PR disaster for the studio, all was forgotten by the Comic-Com faithful once the celebrity glad-handing began and teaser footage unspooled (ahh, those fickle fans, who initially insisted they’d no longer pay to see this film…)

Edgar Wright To Direct Adaptation Of YA Novel 'Grasshopper Jungle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2014 6:15 PM
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Marvel, who needs 'em? While exiting "Ant-Man," which he had been developing for years, was likely a hard decision and tough blow for Edgar Wright, he's picked himself up and moved on pretty quickly. Earlier this week it was revealed that the filmmaker's long-gestating "Baby Driver" was on the fast track to be his next film, and now he's lined up yet another gig, one with a different kind of insect connection.

Edgar Wright Will Make Long-Gestating 'Baby Driver' Next

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 22, 2014 2:46 PM
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May 2014 wasn’t a good month for filmmaker Edgar Wright. The director decided to painfully walk away from Marvel’s “Ant-Man” film, a project he had spearheaded to make with the then-fledgling company and spent eight years developing it. The move was heartache for the director, but as Marvel wanted something … potentially a lot more compromised, so Wright had to stick to his guns and bow out. While there were some—misplaced—talk that Wright would be tackling his adaptation of “The Night Stalker” with Johnny Depp next, that’s turned out not to be the case.

More Rumors Swirl Over Reasons For Edgar Wright's Departure From 'Ant-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2014 11:55 AM
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Now that "Ant-Man" has a director in Peyton Reed ("Bring It On," "Fantastic Four"), with Adam McKay rewriting the script, the saga over Edgar Wright's sudden departure is over, right? Wrong. His exit still looms large over the movie, and likely will for a while, until he officially weighs in on what happened, or Marvel steps out from their string of press releases to talk about it. Until then, the rumor mill will continue to churn.

‘Yes Man’ Filmmaker & David Wain New Frontrunners To Direct ‘Ant-Man’; Michael Douglas Weighs In

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 6, 2014 8:26 PM
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Has your enthusiasm for Marvel’s “Ant-Man” been sufficiently quashed ever since Edgar Wright left the project, only to see it passed over by several comedy directors in Hollywood? Well, hold the phone, your interest could dip even lower.

Adam McKay In Talks To Direct Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 30, 2014 11:55 PM
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Is this week’s “Ant-Man”/Marvel drama finally drawing to a close? It’s been such a whirlwind of emojis I don’t even know what to think anymore. Yet who to believe? Earlier today, three men emerged as the finalists to fill the director’s chair on “Ant-Man” recently vacated by filmmaker Edgar Wright after eight years of development and what sounds like a last minute losing of nerve from Marvel in favor of something more safe and familiar.

Can 'Ant-Man' Still Make A Summer 2015 Release Date?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2014 11:38 AM
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Memorial Day has come and gone and the reverberations of Edgar Wright's exit from "Ant-Man" are still being felt. It's one of the first major stumbles from Marvel's so far very well-oiled machine, and it still has fans reeling, wondering if the comic studio who are bringing this summer's "Galaxy Of The Guardians" will ever try such a risky move again. Indeed, Wright's hire — he'd been working on the movie since 2006 — initially seemed like a vote toward stepping outside the formulaic box of most Marvel movies. But with a rewrite changing the creative direction — allegedly a "shock" to the filmmaker — and in turn snuffing out Wright's interest, it has left a lot of questions up in the air, and the most key of them right now: can "Ant-Man" make its July 15, 2015 release date next summer?

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Weighs In On The Edgar Wright/Marvel/’Ant-Man’ Divorce

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 26, 2014 2:05 PM
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If the Edgar Wright and Marvel split over “Ant-Man” is actually less amicable than originally suggested, maybe it is more akin to a “divorce” as fans have been putting it? After all, Wright developed the project for Marvel for eight years only to walk away late last week allegedly after a script rewrite that Wright agreed to, but didn’t love.

Why Edgar Wright Left Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’: Analysis & The Screenplay Rumors

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 24, 2014 1:06 PM
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It’s called the news dump. You don’t drop news on a Friday at the end of the day, just hours before the Memorial Day weekend because you want people to read the news. In fact, this strategy hopes that by Monday you’ll have forgotten and life will go on.

Edgar Wright Exits 'Ant-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2014 4:08 PM
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  • 35 Comments
The Marvel machine, for the most part, is a carefully scheduled, well-oiled machine, allowing the comic studio to deliver at least two movies per year and keep an eye on their brewing TV and streaming projects while continuing to build out their extended universe. But today, that synchronized operation got a major glitch.

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