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.
"Ant-Man" director Edgar Wright has left the project. It seems creative differences have led to his split from the project, which spent the spring putting together a cast—Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Patrick Wilson and Corey Stoll—for the movie to shoot this summer, in time for release next year. The date won't change, and things seem to be cool between Wright and Marvel, as revealed in this official statement:
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.
More to come.
It'll be interesting to see who Marvel grabs on short notice to take over the movie, especially as they still intend to make next summer's release date. And trade reports suggest they've already found a replacement, that they have yet to announce. But fans shouldn't worry too much. We'd wager a lot of pre-production is probably far along, and whoever steps in will have to just take the ball and run with it. Marvel has pretty seasoned VFX people to do that end of the heavy lifting, so it's really finding someone who will fit snugly into the multiple spinning wheels of the gig and get the job done. Suggestions? [THR/Variety]