UPDATE: Marvel Loses ANT-MAN Director Edgar Wright
Breaking news! Over six years after developing the big-screen adaptation of Ant-Man, director/co-writer Edgar Wright has parted ways with Marvel due to apparent creative differences. Check it out!
Marvel's Ant-Man has been in development with Edgar Wright since before Iron Man was released in 2008, and despite now having a 2015 release date, an ensemble cast, and a filming date scheduled, the studio and director have announced today that they are parting ways on the project.
“Marvel Studios 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,” read an official statement from the studio, today. “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.”
As mentioned in the statement, Ant-Man is still scheduled for release on July 17, 2015, and an undisclosed director has already been hired. However, we still don't know if Edgar Wright's longtime production team—production designer Marcus Rowland, composer Steven Price, and cinematographer Bill Pope—are still attached to the film which will follow Avengers: Age of Ultron and launch "Phase 3" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Anyhow, the cast includes Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson. What do you think?
UPDATE: Despite a director supposedly being announced "shortly," sources have informed the folks at Variety that "Marvel is zeroing in on a new director, but is not yet in negotiations with one." Also, an hour before news broke that Edgar Wright was leaving Ant-Man, Patrick Wilson, who's rumored to play a younger Hank Pym in the film, tweeted that the "big news" was coming. Now that it's out, Wilson has further commented that: "Yes yes... this big news was Edgar's departure and now not knowing the fate of the film. Big to ME anyway." Also, BuzzFeed claims that Ant-Man co-writer Joe Cornish has NOT been approached as Wright's replacement, despite popular belief.
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