In a turn of events that can only be described as “shocking”, Edgar Wright is out as the director of Ant-Man. This is a film he co-wrote and was hired by Marvel to develop and direct back in 2008! That’s six years of work to walk away from based on the standard “creative differences” line that’s currently coming from both parties. This is extremely unsettling as Ant-Man is close to principal photography and is the lead off film for Phase 3 of the MCU. Wright did such a fantastic job with adapting Scott Pilgrim that I thought he’d be perfect for this. I cannot imagine what went this wrong.
Ant-Man is scheduled for release on July 17, 2015 and it doesn’t have a director. Marvel is insisting that won’t change the release date but they must already have someone, because they don’t have time for a lengthy search. This is an extremely unsettling and weird development in the usually harmonious MCU.
Written by Wright and Joe Cornish, Ant-Man is set to star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson and Corey Stoll. The film follows a biochemist Dr. Hank Pym using 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. Paul Rudd will play Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas stars as Hank Pym.