Edgar Wright Exits Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Posted 2:00 PM May 23rd, 2014 by Binh Ngo

Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios announce in a joint statement that the two party has parted ways on Ant-Man and a replacement director will be announced shortly. Creative differences reared its ugly head once again.

The parting is said to be "amicable" and the release date of July 17, 2015 will not be impacted.

This is shocking news to say the least since the movie is deep in pre-production with the cast assembled and filming set to begin this month in Georgia. Any differences ought to be ironed out by now.

Deadline has heard that the relationship between Wright and Marvel has been deteriorating for the past two weeks, but they didn't say what was causing it. Some are speculating that Wright was pushed out because he refused to shoot the movie digitally, which, frankly, doesn't make sense.

Variety thinks co-writer Joe Cornish could take over for Wright given how close he is to the project, but we won't know until a replacement has been named.

Ant-Man will star Paul Rudd in the title role. Joining him will be Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and Patrick Wilson.

Here's the joint 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.

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